A formal consultation process is now underway to look at how some adult social care services will be provided in the London Borough of Merton.
Proposals for modernising day opportunities for disabled people and older people will be put to users, carers, and voluntary sector organisations. People are invited to comment on the options over the next two months.
The council is recommending that the services offered at All Saints and Eastway day centres be merged, and that a new centre run by disabled people be established to promote and support independent living.
There are various ways for people to have their say during the consultation. They include emailing AdultServicesTransformation@merton.gov.uk or writing to the Joint Commissioning Manager at:
Merton Disability Service
42-44 Russell Road
Users of the services and their carers will also have the opportunity to speak directly to senior council staff during one-to-one consultation sessions.
These will be held at All Saints Day Centre on Tuesday, 15 January and Eastway Day Centre on Friday, 25 January. The session times are from 10am to 2:30pm.
Meetings have also been arranged for voluntary organisations to discuss the proposals on Friday 8 February and Thursday 14 February.
Cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Services, Councillor Margaret Brierly says: “Merton Council is encouraging people to express their views during the consultation period on these proposals.
We are committed to putting the needs of Merton residents first throughout the transformation process. Our aim is to ensure people have access to services that meet their needs and help them live independent lives. Whatever the final decision, anyone eligible to receive day opportunities will still be able to receive them.”