Enhancing experiences and opening up opportunities within adult social care remain a key focus for Thurrock Council, as highlighted in a report presented to a meeting of Council on Wednesday 21 July.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for adults and communities, showcased the council's work in adult social care and supporting the borough's communities over the past year.
The report outlined opportunities which had been created to benefit residents, including:
- the permanent creation of 2 wellbeing teams – one in Tilbury and one in Chadwell – following a successful pilot, to provide holistic, flexible and integrated care to residents requiring long-term care in their own homes, offering greater continuity of care and build relationships between residents and the teams, with a focus on connecting people with their communities, where appropriate
- work by the community-based social work teams to adopt new flexible approaches to delivering services and building relationships to ensure holistic and cross-organisational solutions such as the use of virtual platforms – offering greater choice and delivering a system that puts the person at the centre of their care and support
- collaborative working currently underway with carers to develop an action plan to ensure future support meets the changing needs for those they care for – helping to improve the lives of carers and their families
Cllr Huelin said: "Despite the complex issues we have faced throughout the pandemic, our teams across adult social care and community services have ensured they continue to offer the best possible care and services to our residents across the borough.
"A key priority over the coming months is our work on the Collaborative Communities Framework, co-produced through our Stronger Together Partnership with Thurrock CVS (Community and Voluntary Services) and other voluntary sector and health colleagues, to empower our communities.
"We have more than 130 active volunteers supporting council services; and we have joined the Libraries Consortium which means our residents can enjoy more print and digital items.
"The work of the Tilbury Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) programme to support businesses in Tilbury St Chad's and Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park wards that help residents who are unemployed and face barriers getting into work continues to progress. To date, 8 projects have been approved and have already received a share, or will receive a share, of more than £2.4million.
"In addition, we continue working with partners to support our borough's cultural regeneration as culture, heritage and creativity play a key part in individual wellbeing and we will be exploring all options for the future delivery of these services.
"Thank you to all our teams and partners for your continued commitment in an unprecedented year."
The full report is available to read as part of the Council agenda, Wednesday 21 July.