Released on 21 September 2012
Social care professionals from the public, private and voluntary sectors in Surrey Heath have gathered to thrash out ideas on shaping services to help people live in their own homes and communities.
The Building Active and Supportive Communities event looked at how services can give vulnerable and older people more choice and independence through personalised social care support.
It included presentations by Tim Pashen, Surrey Heath Borough Council's Executive Head of Community and Christine May, Surrey County Council's Adult Social Care Assistant Senior Manager.
They were followed by information sharing workshops involving representatives from voluntary groups and community care professionals from the area discussing existing resources and new and innovative ways of assisting people in the future.
Surrey Heath's Community portfolio holder Cllr Vivienne Chapman said: "The event helped share information on existing resources and how we can jointly work together with Surrey County Council and other partners to deliver services in Surrey Heath.
"It explored ways to make sure people have choice and control over their social care support and can maximise their well-being and independence. The event was well attended and useful in building strong local networks of support to help connect people with everyday services and facilities."