Putting You First

Putting You First is the name given to a programme for changing how health and social care are provided in Dumfries and Galloway.

Putting You First Logo NHS Dumfries and Galloway is leading the project. The NHS is working with our Council, third and independent sector partners and representatives of Scottish Government.

Dumfries and Galloway will have increasing numbers of older people as time goes on. We need to work together to find new ways of providing care and support. That way, people will still have services in years to come.

It's not only about sustaining services, it is about putting people and communities at the heart of health and social care. So the services should be:

  • Designed around the person
  • Delivered as close as home as appropriate
  • Safe, high quality, reliable and effective
  • Developed closely with our communities
  • Delivered in partnership with our Council, third and independent sector
  • Making the most of our staff skills and expertise. Developing and maintaining those skills

Putting You First is new. A board was set up in April 2011 to start looking at the changes needed and put a programme together. One of the first steps in the programme was to agree a programme of work that would test change across a test site or pathfinder area with the initial focus being in the East of the Region.

Pathfinder projects have been set up in Langholm and Annan to test new ways of working such as:

  • Care planning for the future - this is anticipating people's needs which can, for example, help people avoid unnecessary hospital stays
  • Intensive support for people coming out of hospital. For example the Short Term Augmented Response Service (STARS). This support can help people ton regain their independence and lessen reliance on home care
  • Working together with partners to deliver care and support where people live
  • Use technology to deliver more services. This could reduce staff and patient travel.
  • Maximising the use of our buildings and resources across the community.
  • Promote greater health and wellbeing

Dumfries and Galloway Micro-markets project

Do you want to make a difference?

Do you have an innovative idea for a group or service that could help people who need extra care or support? Do you feel passionate about making a difference in your local community?

If the answer is YES then starting your very own micro-enterprise could be for you.

The Dumfries and Galloway Micro-markets project is a new and exciting initiative supporting local people to provide local support.  Putting You First is working with Community Catalysts (a Yorkshire-based community interest company) to support the development of small scale social care and support enterprises set up and managed by local people.

We believe that older people and people with long term conditions who need extra help to live their lives should have a choice of small, personal, flexible, high quality support and care services that help them live full and interesting lives as active members of their local communities.

Small providers can be very different to each other. They include:

  • Sole traders
  • Partnerships
  • Small businesses
  • Social enterprises
  • Not for profit, charity or voluntary organisations

Examples of small services could include:

  • Meals and lunch clubs
  • Support to people living in their own homes
  • Go shopping
  • Friendship clubs
  • Exercise and leisure activities
  • Gardening and cleaning services...........the list is endless

How can the Dumfries and Galloway Micro-markets project help me?

We can:

  • Listen to your ideas and give you friendly and supportive feedback
  • Offer advice and practical information
  • Advice on training, insurances and sources of funding
  • Direct you to other organisations who can help

Interested? Want to find out more?  Get in touch with: Karen Booth Micro-markets Co-ordinator, Email: karen.booth@communitycatalysts.co.uk Tel: 07824 016409.

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Putting You First

Tel: 01387 272752
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Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

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