29 July 2011

A series of special public meetings are set to take place across the county to give people the chance to have their say about the future direction of the huge range of services known as prevention services.

Earlier this month Northamptonshire County Council announced the start of a huge consultation on how to transform services - provided by hundreds of organisations in Northamptonshire - which focus on preventing problems arising in people’s lives or to stop current issues deteriorating further.

With ever increasing demands on services and with huge reductions in government funding the council launched the consultation to help find a way to help more people help themselves and ultimately become less reliant on specialist services.

Services in scope of this consultation include drug and alcohol services supporting victims of inter-personal violence, advice services, youth services, the Connexions service, study support centres, children’s centres and support for housing, parents, older people, people with physical disabilities and carers.

People wanting to have their say can attend any of the following meetings:

East Northants Council Offices 3rd August 9:45am – 12:10pm
South Northants Homes, Burcote Road, Towcester 4th August 9:45am - 12:10pm
Kettering Borough Council Offices 8th August 9:45am – 12:10pm
Northampton Guildhall 9th August 1:45pm – 4:10pm
Wellingborough Council Offices 10th August 1:45pm – 4:10pm
Daventry District Council Offices 11th August 9:45am – 12:10pm
Corby Council Chamber, The Cube 12th August 9:45am – 12:10pm

Cabinet member for community services Cllr David Mackintosh said: “Prevention is not a new concept for the council. We already have a wealth of experience of delivering with partners such services for adults, children, families and communities.

“We believe however we can provide more co-ordinated and community based prevention services which could help improve quality of life for those in need of help and ultimately prevent them needing more specialist and expensive services.

“There are three main types of services we currently provide. There are universal services available to all such as schools, libraries and children’s centres. Then there are prevention services which are targeted at those with specific needs at an early stage. Then there are specialist services which are those designed to meet very specific and complex needs.

“What we are looking to do through this consultation is look at what better way could we provide universal and prevention services to reduce the number of people ultimately requiring the specialist services.”

Anyone wishing to book a place at these meetings should email kridley@northamptonshire.gov.uk or phone 01604 237977.