People in Kirklees live independently and have control over their lives

We want people in Kirklees to live their lives confidently, independently and with dignity. The right advice, help and support at the right time will empower people to take control of their own health and wellbeing, and connect people with caring and supportive communities.

Case study

What we're aiming to achieve

  • Joined up and personalised support that enables independence, helps people to live as close to home as possible, draws on support from their communities and prevents or delays inappropriate admission to hospital or long term care.
  • If people need it, they can choose between a broad range of high quality options for care and support, and are always treated with dignity and respect.
  • People can successfully manage the changes in their lives.
  • People live in suitable and affordable homes in attractive places within a supportive community.

Priorities for action

1. Create inclusive communities


Create inclusive communities in which the design of housing and the built environment actively promotes the independence of older people and people with a disability.


  • Explore emerging models of accommodation that facilitate independence, care and support. Engage with communities to inform place-based intelligence regarding current provision and gaps.
    Timescale: October 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Musarrat Khan

2. Review and make improvements to the adaptations policy and process


Review and make improvements to the adaptations policy and process.


  • Support people to live independently and with dignity by implementing people-centred service delivery. Map processes and compare to national best practice models, then revise processes and implement an appropriate policy.
    Timescale: March 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Cathy Scott

3. Continued to develop the library service, including investment into the library estate


Continue to develop the library service, including investment into the library estate.


  • Continue the capital development programme to ensure the library estate provides inclusive and accessible services and spaces.
    Timescale: Phased plan - final end date March 2023.
  • Use our library estate to support and enable partnerships based in the heart of communities to embed place-based working and the role of libraries as community anchors.
    Timescale: Ongoing.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Paul Davies

Tracking our progress

  • Percentage of people who need help or support to continue to live in their own home.

Home Library Service

The Home Library service (which we run in close partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service), delivers books to Kirklees residents who find it difficult to get to their local library, whether that be due to disability, illness or caring responsibilities. During the first lockdown, the Home Library service switched to their contingency plan - welfare calls, essential shopping/prescriptions, and signposting to other community services where appropriate.

The Home Library book delivery service restarted at the end of June 2020, while continuing with shopping/prescription collection for clients who have requested help. Furthermore, welfare calls recommenced for those clients that requested them during the lockdown in January 2021.

In addition to this, the Royal Voluntary Service nationally has created a Virtual Village Hall - an online portal full of activities and webinars, including live craft and exercise classes, many featuring nationally known personalities such as Mr Motivator. The service continues to collaborate with several partners locally to widen the positive impact on clients, aiming to ensure the independence of people across Kirklees.

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