Services move to new group

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BOSSES of services for adults with learning disabilities have stressed that it’s business as usual after they were transferred to a new organisation.

Services such as day centres, community support and respite help have moved from Suffolk County Council to the recently formed Leading Lives, which is an Industrial and Provident Society (IPS).

The Ipswich based IPS – a form of social enterprise – is owned and run by staff who have transferred from the county council.

It has between 700 and 800 clients, with a third of those living in West Suffolk where it runs various day time activities such as the Infobar, in Bury St Edmunds, Bury Community Resource Centre and Mildenhall Community Resource Unit.

It also runs Bury Supported Housing and Community Support services as well as Cathedral View short break unit, in The Vinefields.

The organisation supports an additional 260 families across the county with respite care.

Managing director Tony Carr said: “It’s transferred from one provider to another so things haven’t changed but may well change in the future.

“This gives us the opportunity to respond better to that change. As an independent organisation we can provide services that local authorities couldn’t.

“The county council is introducing personal budgets and we feel this puts us in a better position to respond to changing customer demand.”

All staff will have the chance to be stakeholders of the company and vote on issues such as its delivery and development.