At a meeting of Southampton City Council’s Cabinet in April 2018 a decision was made to keep Kentish Road respite centre open while discussions were held with community and voluntary sector partners about alternative provision on this site. The Leader of the Council, Councillor Christopher Hammond has reviewed the plans for alternative provision and today announced that the council will retain responsibility for delivering re-designed services on the site, in order to continue to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities.
The council will maintain the reopened bed-based respite care on the site at weekends and work with partners to offer a number of different services from this location. The ambition will be to deliver a transformed service that meets individual care needs in a personalised and innovative way. As a result of reviewing plans for the centre, a number of organisations have expressed an interest in working with the council to provide services from this building and we will continue these discussions.
Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of the Council said, “Since I became Leader, I’ve spent time listening to the families, visiting respite centres and speaking to charities. The common thread in all these conversations was that a one-size fits all approach to care doesn’t work. By retaining the site we have the opportunity to deliver the right mix of adult social care options in the future. We will develop services delivered at the centre, in partnership with people who use the service, their families and our partners.”