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Community-based project for people with complex needs gets £15m funding

28 June 2007

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People with complex needs, who at present are forced to use services far from their community, are to benefit from £15.2m of funding for Turning Point, the UK’s leading social care organisation.

The multimillion pound project will see the development of five purpose-built, community-based residential centres for people with complex care needs in Yorkshire, the West Midlands, the North East and the North West.

Working with key commissioners in health and social care, the centres will offer clients timely access to services that meet their needs within their own community.

People may be referred to the centres as a result of mental illness, personality disorder, learning disability, substance misuse and/or other challenging behaviour.

Taking a person-centred approach, services on offer will also support people to live independently; encourage rehabilitation and safe reintegration to the community; and reduce the number of inappropriate and unplanned out-of-area placements.

Turning Point chief executive Lord Victor Adebowale says: “This is new way of doing business for the third sector. It is a great example of sophisticated working with commissioners of services. The result is that we will be using local resources to carefully identify and meet individuals’ needs, meaning that some of our most marginalised service users will now be able to live as independently as possible, with the right support, in their own communities.”

Richard Gutch, chief executive at Futurebuilders England, the government-backed fund that invested £10.2m in the project, says: “Turning Point presented us with a highly innovative approach to supporting people with complex care needs. Through consultation with commissioners and clients these new services will change lives, helping more people access treatment within their community.”