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For us, the best thing to come out of the day was the interest people had in forming the Core User Group (CUG). This smaller group will be able to take your ideas and suggestions to the people who make the decisions about how Supporting People money is spent in Salford.

Aaron Biszby, a former resident at the Salvation Army will be chairing the CUG and he has arranged the first meeting for 13 September 2006 at 1:00pm, to be held at The Salvation Army on St James Street in Salford. Invitations have been sent out to people who said they were interested in becoming a member but it’s not too late to put your name forward. Ring Jane on 0161 922 8796 for more information.

If you would like to receive a copy of the minutes from the meeting but don’t want to attend that’s fine, get in touch with Jane and she will add your details to our mailing list.

No Nonsense!

The No Nonsense theatre company acted out different situations which people might find themselves in. In the morn- ing we heard from Mary who told the group about her relationship with her daughter Sally, who was born with Down’s syndrome. In the afternoon it was Tina’s turn to tell us about her relationship with her son Will. The audience asked the characters questions and gave them advice about who they could turn to for help and what Supporting People services would be able to help them.

We got loads of really positive feedback about the theatre and most people who came to the event thought it was a good way of getting people involved because it was interactive and people could participate if they wanted to.

Do you think we should use the 'No Nonsense' Theatre Company again?

Yes No No comment

So what advice did you come up with?

Morning - Where could Mary go for help? Direct Payments Supporting People Befriending services Care on Call

Afternoon - Where could Tina & Will go for help? SPIN SMART Lifeline Connexions Salford Women’s Aid FRANK

Direct Payments

A direct payment is money your Social Services can give you. It is a different way of getting the support you need. You use it to buy the support you want. Social Services give you the money instead of a vice. You spend the money on getting the support you need.


If you are already getting care and support through community, health and social care, then contact your social worker or contact the Direct Payments Team to find out more information. If you are not getting care and support, then you should contact social services and ask for an assessment of your needs.

The Direct Payments Team is small team of people who will offer you independent advice and support

about direct payments. They are based at Salford CVS.

Telephone: 0161 789 8670

Email: office@suggest.org.uk

Internet: www.direct.gov.uk

Hopefully, in the future, you may be able to get Supporting People money as a Direct Payment so you can buy your housing-related support from a provider which you have chosen. We will keep you up to date with any developments in this area.

Supporting People

Hopefully you should now know a bit more about Supporting People but it can be confusing. Basically Supporting People is a department within your local council. Each year, the Government give the Support- ing People team an amount of money to pay for support services in Salford.

The services we pay for are things like; Hostels for homeless people, supported accommodation for young people (16+), women’s refuges, floating support services (where support workers help people settle into a new home), Community Alarms (where people need a bit more support to live in their own home), shel- tered housing (with a warden) for older people and supported housing for people with mental health prob-

lems, drug & alcohol problems or people with learning difficulties.

If you want to know more about how Supporting People works please call Charlotte on 0161 922 8759 or email charlotte.lynch@salford.gov.uk. At the moment we are writing a new information leaflet for people who use Supporting People services or might use them in the future, the Core User Group will have the fi- nal say on what goes in the leaflet to make sure it is clear and easy to understand. Your service will be sent copies once the leaflet has been printed. If you would like to get involved with the leaflet please let Charlotte know.

Befriending Services

If you find it difficult to get out of your home and you are lonely and perhaps depressed, both Age Concern Salford and Voluntary Friends for Older People can help.

Age Concern Salford and Voluntary Friends for Older People both run Befriending Schemes for people aged 60 years or more and can arrange for someone to visit you regularly for a chat and a cup of tea. If you would like to find out more contact:

Age Concern Salford on 0161-788 7300 or email: administrator@ageconcernsalford.org.uk. Voluntary Friends for Older People on 0161-790 5847 or email: pbarlow@woodlands.bstmhp.nhs.uk.

Befriending services aren’t just for older people. The Friendship Centre is open from 10:00am - 1:30pm every Tuesday at Boothstown Methodist Church. The Friendship Centre is a community outreach group for all ages which offers a Coffee and Luncheon Club.

For more information ring them on 0161 799 4296

Care on Call

Care on Call offer an emergency call system with a special telephone and a portable pendant which can be worn or kept close at hand. If you fall and need help, you press on the pendant button and someone will come to help you. For more information telephone 0161 737 3822 or email careoncall@new-prospect.org to see if you can get the Care on Call service in your home.

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