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More Volunteers and Pay to Attend Schemes Discussed for Dorset's Day care Centres

Elderly Care

8:10am 18th June 2012

The future of Dorset's day care services is under the spotlight.

A second phase of consultation is underway to find ways of modernising over 20 adult centres across the county.

Ideas include bringing in more volunteers from local charities to help staff and run activities. There are also plans to open their doors to more people who can pay for activities.

Currently service users have to meet particular critical need criteria to qualify for subsidised care services at the day centres that run a number of activities for disabled people.

All ideas will be discussed over a consultation period that runs until July 31st 2012, with the results brought before the council's Cabinet in November.

It's all in an effort to generate funds and become more cost effective.

Dorset County Council needs to find savings of 600 thousand pounds from it's in house day services budget by 2014.

Cabinet Member Andrew Cattaway is responsible for Adult Social Care at Dorset County Council, he says it's like a modernised business plan; "We have encouraged our centre managers to develop their own business plan, in consultation with their own community, and those details will be the subject of consultation over the next 12 weeks."

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