Third Sector, Dumfries and Galloway works to promote a strong and sustainable third sector which makes a lasting contribution to the wellbeing and prosperity of the people and communities of Dumfries and Galloway. As the region’s Third Sector Interface it is charged with advocating the role of the third sector and become a centre of excellence for the promotion of the sector and the provision of support and services to the sector.
The Integration Joint Board has funded Third Sector, Dumfries and Galloway to deliver a project across the region and in its four localities to:
• Build clearer knowledge and understanding of current activity within the third sector, its contribution, capacity to change and capacity to adapt to meet the changes from Health and Social Care Integration.
• Enhance the capacity of Third Sector organisations to make their contribution to the Integration Agenda regionally and at a locality level and identify any protruding barriers.
• Ensure Community Planning Partners are better informed about the potential contribution from the third sector to the Health and Social Care Agenda, examples of good practice as well as the role of the Third Sector Interface.
• Create strong information channels to allow the Third Sector to fully understand the impact of Integration on the delivery of Health and Social Care and both regionally and in each locality.
• Make connections between the work being undertaken in Dumfries and Galloway and the rest of Scotland, including training and external support.
Find out more about the Third Sector’s vital contribution to the Health and Social Care Partnership at www.integr3te.org.uk.
Working,’ To improve the sustainability of Care Provision in Dumfries and Galloway throughout the period of transformational change to 2020 and in response to changing needs’
The Independent Sector encompasses individuals, employers and organisations who contribute to needs assessment, design, planning, commissioning and delivery of a broad spectrum of social care services which are wholly or partially independent of the public sector.
The independent social care sector in Scotland includes care homes, care at home, housing supoprt and day centre services. The sector encompasses those traditionally referred to as the ‘private’ sector and the ‘voluntary’ sectors of care provision. It includes organisations of varying types and sizes, amongst them single providers, small and medium sized groups, national providers and not-for-profit voluntary orgnisations, associations and charities.
In Dumfries and Galloway the Independent Sector provides around 80% of the care at home services and 100% of care home places, which is considerably higher than the Scottish average.
Scottish Care understand that there are challenging times ahead and that it is not sustainable to continue to deliver health and social care services in the same was as in the past. There is also recognition and respect for the current practical and financial challenges faced by care providers in Dumfries and Galloway. For example, the recruitment and retention of care at home and care home staff.
Housing is critical to the success and continued sustainability of health and social care and support.
Certain limited aspects relating to housing are within the scope of health and social care integration, for example ‘Care and Repair’. However, the broader aspects of the housing sector also provide a significant contribution to the national outcomes for health and well-being, including helping people to stay in their own homes. These include:
- information and advice on housing options
- low level preventative services
- housing support based on an individual assessment of need
- physical adaptations to properties
- investment in new affordable homes
- involving tenants in a range of community based activities
- services to homeless people
The key providers of social housing in the region are Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership and Loreburn Housing Association, who between them manage approximately 90% of the 14,000 social rented homes. Other providers include Home Scotland, Irvine Housing Association, Trust, Hanover, Key Housing and Cairn Housing.
These social landlords play a large part in the lives, health and wellbeing of the families living in these homes – with a single aim to allow people to stay there as long as possible.
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