Short breaks for disabled children enable families to ‘recharge their batteries’ and they are essential to enable carers to maintain employment, but some felt that the hours were restricted and transporting a family member with complex needs can also restrict their access. Families do not always know what’s available to them, and they would value more after school and holiday provision.

We will refresh the short breaks statement for 2017/2018, ensuring we continue to provide the services that are valued by our community. We need to continue with overnight short breaks, and further develop after school services and provision for breaks provided in the community. We also need to develop a sustainable range of services provided by the voluntary and community sector that will enable young people to achieve positive outcomes whilst giving families a break from their caring role.

We want to overcome social isolation and mental health, by empowering communities to participate more in community life and understand family health related illnesses/issues.

We started off with International Women’s Day, we organised a ‘Feel Good’ event, this encouraged women to sign up to a variety of projects, including a befriending scheme and social activities to help overcome social isolation and mental health. This empowering tool for communities to participate more and become more aware of community issues, and learn what they can do to support them.

The savings resulting from the proposals to restricting the Access fund would be outweighed by the negative impact on children and families. It would make it harder for parents and carers to go to work, which could affect their mental health and have a knock on effect on the whole family. You said this would badly affect those who are already vulnerable

Given the overwhelming objection to the proposed changes and the potential impact on families who are already vulnerable, the decision was made to not restrict the Access Fund. Instead, we will explore ways of building the level of SEND provision in a number of early year’s settings across the district, by providing specialist outreach support and monitoring. This will give us a range of settings which are already equipped to support children with SEND, which will help the funding to go further.

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Involve is a tool to help Kirklees Council and local public services, to plan and share community involvement work - like public events, surveys and consultation.

You can use it to find past, present and future involvement across Kirklees. Involve will tell you what's happened since the work has taken place as well, so you can see what difference getting involved has made.

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Activity between April 2020 and September 2020
Community Led Outcome Based Accountability (CLOBA)
Current Living in Kirklees (CLiK) 2020 Survey
POSTPONED - What matters to the older Black, Asian and other minority ethnic residents when choosing your home?
How good is our place - East Bierley
How good is our place - Listening to Waterloo (Dalton Ward)
Kirklees Council staff survey Spring 2020
Kirklees Young People's Survey 2020
Be part of the Kirklees e-panel!
Kirklees residents' survey 2020

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Our framework for involving communities

We believe involving communities is fundamental for shaping effective services and supporting positive outcomes. The aim of this framework is to set out our common partnership approach to involving communities in Kirklees.