In a surprise move, Hampshire County Council have decided to split the new Direct Payments Support Service Contract so that people living in the Southern part of Hampshire will continue to be supported by SCIL / Carers Together whilst those people living in North Hampshire will be supported by Enham from January 2007.
SCIL / Carers Together will support Direct Payments users in Fareham / Gosport / Havant Petersfield / New Forest / Eastleigh and Test Valley South. Enham will support Direct Payments users in Alton / Aldershot / Basingtoke / Winchester and Andover.
SCIL has been supporting Direct Payments users for over fifteen years and has been instrumental in the development of the scheme from the early days of SOCS (Self Operated Care Scheme) in the 1980s through to the expansion of Direct Payments in the last few years. Since the Direct Payments legislation was broadened to include Carers and Disabled Children, SCIL has worked closely with Carers Together to ensure that all users receive peer support to enable them to use their Direct Payments effectively.
Enham own four care homes in a village just outside Andover in Hampshire. It also runs a Homecare service as well as a number of supported workshops and other employment services to Disabled People.
SCIL and Carers Together hope to meet with Hampshire Social Services and Enham in the next few weeks to discuss arrangements for January 2007. We will keep you informed of our progress on the blog.
If you have any queries regarding this then please email us or call to speak to a member of the Direct Payments Team on 023 8033 0982.