12 January 2012

Further public meetings are taking place in January and February to give people the chance to have their say about the future of prevention services in Northamptonshire.

This is the second stage of the consultation which began last summer as part of a huge project 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 book a place at any of the following meetings:

  • Towcester – Towcester Town Hall
    23rd Jan, 2pm to 4pm
  • Corby – The Cube
    26th Jan, 2pm to 4pm
  • Daventry – Daventry Leisure Centre
    30th Jan, 2pm to 4pm
  • Northampton – The Saints
    1st Feb, 10am to 12pm
  • Rushden – Pemberton Centre
    8th Feb, 10am to 12pm
  • Kettering – Cornmarket Hall
    4th Feb, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Wellingborough – Tithe Barn
    21st Feb, 10am to 12pm

Cabinet member for customer services Councillor Heather Smith said: "This is the second phase of the project to transform prevention services in Northamptonshire.

"It builds on from the consultation carried out last year to look at finding a way to help more people help themselves and ultimately become less reliant on more specialist services. We used the feedback received through the consultation to develop a strategy which outlines a new approach to prevention services and it is this draft strategy that we are now consulting on.

"We are also seeking views on a new Fair and Equitable Funding Methodology and who should be involved in making decisions locally.

"Please take this opportunity to have your say."

People interested in attending any of these meetings should email ACSpublicengagement@northamptonshire.gov.uk or telephone 01604 367977 for more information or to book.

More information about the consultation is available on the prevention webpages.