Social workers to run services

SOCIAL workers in Suffolk have the chance to run services for adults with sensory impairments as part of a national pilot scheme.

The services, which were previously delivered by Suffolk County Council sensory team, will now be run by new social enterprise Sensing Change.

It has been set up as one of seven pilot schemes across the country by the Department of Health to put social workers in the driving seat.

The pilot scheme will run for two years to examine the possibility of local authorities delegating their duties and functions to professionally led external organisations.

Caroline Carr, managing director of Sensing Change, said: “We have the professional expertise, skills and knowledge to provide a service that covers all areas of sensory loss. This new way of working will offer greater flexibility enabling us to be at the forefront of developing our services and increasing opportunities for people with a sensory impairment.”

Cllr Colin Noble, portfolio holder for adult services, said: “Over the next two years, the team will be using their wealth of skills and knowledge to further develop services for people with a sensory impairment in Suffolk.”