15 September 2011

Local people are needed to join a new forum that will advise on proposed changes to prevention services in Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire County Council currently spends £44m on services delivered by hundreds of organisations across the county which focus on preventing problems arising in people’s and community’s lives or stop current issues deteriorating further. For example the work carried out by Connexions, the mental health teams or drugs and alcohol services.

These are known as prevention services and with ever increasing demands on services and with huge reductions in government funding, the council is currently consulting to find a way to help more people help themselves and ultimately become less reliant on more specialist services.

As part of this work, the council is looking for people to join the newly set-up Prevention Strategy Customer Forum.

The forum will be made-up of ten customers or carers who use prevention services in the county, giving them the opportunity to feedback about the proposed changes to help ensure the council fully understands the impact of proposals on those affected.

The forum members will also act as ambassadors by sharing the information with other customers and groups to help make sure everyone understands the proposals.

Forum members will have involvement in decision making and will work alongside management and elected members.

Anyone who is a resident of Northamptonshire and who is a current or past customer of prevention services or a carer is eligible to join the forum.

Councillor David Mackintosh, county council cabinet member for community services said: “We need local people who use prevention services and carers to join the Prevention Strategy Customer Forum so that we can ensure their voices are heard throughout this process.

“The consultation into prevention services looks at how we can deliver these services in a way which helps people to help themselves to find solutions to problems, or prevent those problems happening in the first place.

“If we get this right this will not only will improve people’s quality of life but we will also reduce the number of people eventually needing more specialist and expensive services, so it is vital that we hear the customer and carer perspectives on future proposals for change.”

Anyone interested in joining the Prevention Strategy Customer Forum should contact Sonja Noon, 01604 236176 or email snoon@northamptonshire.gov.uk


For more information about the prevention consultation visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/prevention