Press release: Monmouthshire Direct Payments Co-operative in the making: first in the UK

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PRESS RELEASE

 

Monmouthshire Direct Payments Co-operative in the making: first in the UK

 

Disability Wales and Wales Co-operative Centre are delighted to announce that Wales’ first Citizen-Directed Direct Payments Co-operative is in the making.  My Life My Choices Co-operative, a group of organisations and families from across Monmouthshire have been awarded £50,000 to help set-up an alternative model for the provision of social care.

 

Rhian Davies, Chief Executive of Disability Wales:

 

“From the outset, the aim of Citizen Directed Co-operatives Cymru was to reignite the debate surrounding direct payments to support and enable greater choice, voice and control for disabled people across Wales. As hoped, the project has sparked the long-awaited transformation, in the selection of what will be the first group in the UK to pioneer a co-operative approach to the management of direct payments, allowing more people to achieve independent living.” 

 

The co-op aims to support disabled people to achieve their goals through using direct payments.

 

Mike Logan, who works with disabled young people as part of the Building Bridges project in Monmouthshire, is one of the founder members of the My Life My Choices Co-operative

 

“Our group is really excited to have this opportunity, and we would like to thank Disability Wales, Wales Cooperative Centre and Big Lottery Fund Wales for setting up this initiative. We hope that our group will help more people to use Direct Payments and find more creative ways of meeting their support needs.”

 

Founding members of My Life My Choices Co-operative include – Abergavenny People First and Monmouth People First; Best Buddies Monmouthshire; MAGIC Parents and Carers Network and the Building Bridges Project.  A strong partnership of local organisations and families are set to lead the way in social care innovation.

 

Professor Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services, welcomed the announcement.

 

“This is an exciting opportunity to deliver a co-operative approach in Wales. Direct payments can support people to get on with their lives in ways that really matter to them. This is a great example of a project being delivered co-operatively and will provide opportunities for organisations across the country to learn from the experience.”

 

Derek Walker, Chief Executive of Wales Co-operative Centre said:

 

“Citizen directed co-operatives are a real game-changer in terms of how people who receive direct payments take ownership and control of social care services. This funding takes us a step closer to establishing the first organisation of this kind in the UK, showing that Wales is blazing a trail for the delivery of social care. The Wales Co-operative Centre is looking forward to working with the members of My Life My Choices Co-operative as they take the next steps in their development.”

 

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Notes to editors

 

 

 

  • Disability Wales is the national association of disabled people’s organisations in Wales championing the rights, equality and independence of all disabled people.

 

  • Wales Co-operative Centre is Wales’ national body for co-operatives, mutuals, social enterprises and employee owned businesses.  Wales Co-operative Centre applies their co-operative values to strengthening communities and services as well as supporting these businesses.

 

  • Direct Payments
  • Direct Payments are a cash alternative to traditionally arranged community care services for those with an assessed need and have been available through local authorities since 1996
  • Services arranged and provided through a care agency, can be inflexible and offer little continuity as they are delivered around the availability of agency staff. While many are happy with their service, typical complaints include failure of staff to turn-up and their high turn-over, limited time, and fixed hours which can result in adults being ‘put to bed’ in the early evening.
  • Direct Payments allow individuals to use the funds to employ their own Personal Assistants. It provides greater control by enabling recipients to select, train and manage their own PA(s), determine their hours of work and the tasks they undertake. For many this has provided greater freedom and independence and allowed recipients to pursue education, employment and community activities as well as enjoy family life.
  • Take up of Direct Payments in Wales is generally low and patchy. Out of a potential 150,000 individuals receiving community care from their local authority in March 2011, only 2,734 people in Wales had their support met through Direct Payments.

 

 

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Menter Taliadau Uniongyrchol Sir Fynwy: y gyntaf yn y wlad

 

Mae Anabledd Cymru & Canolfan Cydweithredol Cymru yn falch o gyhoeddi menter taliadau uniongyrchol gyntaf Cymru. Rhoddwyd £50,000 i My Life My Choices Co-operative, grŵp o gyrff a theuluoedd ar draws sir Fynwy, er mwyn ei helpu i sefydlu model amgen ym maes darparu gofal cymdeithasol.

 

Rhian Davies, prif weithredwraig Anabledd Cymru:

 

“O’r cychwyn, nod project Mentrau Cydweithredol dan Arweiniad Dinasyddion oedd ailgynnau’r ddadl am ddefnyddio taliadau uniongyrchol i gefnogi a darparu mwy o ddewis a rheolaeth ar gyfer pobl anabl ar draws y wlad. Yn ôl y disgwyl, mae’r project wedi symbylu newid yn y maes wrth ddewis y grŵp cyntaf yn y Deyrnas Unedig i brofi dull cydweithredol o reoli taliadau uniongyrchol, gyda’r nod o alluogi mwy o bobl i fyw’n annibynnol.” 

 

Nod y co-op yw helpu pobl anabl i wireddu eu hamcanion wrth ddefnyddio taliadau uniongyrchol.

 

Dywedodd Mike Logan, sy’n gweithio gyda phobl anabl ifanc fel rhan o broject Building Bridges yn sir Fynwy, ac yn un o aelodau sylfaenol My Life My Choices Co-operative.

 

“Mae ein grŵp yn hynod falch o gael y cyfle hwn, a diolch yn fawr i Anabledd Cymru, Canolfan Cydweithredol Cymru & Cronfa’r Loteri Fawr Cymru am sefydlu’r fenter. Rydym yn gobeithio bydd ein grŵp yn gallu helpu mwy o bobl i ddefnyddio taliadau uniongyrchol a chael hyd i ddulliau creadigol eraill o ddiwallu anghenion gofal.”

 

Mae aelodau sylfaenol y Co-op yn cynnwys – Pobl yn Gyntaf y Fenni, Pobl yn Gyntaf Mynwy; Best Buddies Sir Fynwy; MAGIC Parents & Carers Network a phroject Building Bridges. Bydd partneriaeth o gyrff a theuluoedd lleol yn cydweithio er arloesi ym maes gofal cymdeithasol.

 

Croesawyd y cyhoeddiad gan yr Athro Mark Drakeford AC, gweinidog iechyd a gwasanaethau cymdeithasol.

 

“Dyma gyfle cyffrous i gyflwyno dull cydweithredol yng Nghymru. Mae taliadau uniongyrchol yn gallu helpu pobl i fyw eu bywydau yn ôl eu dymuniadau. Enghraifft wych o ddull cydweithredol yn darparu project fydd yn galluogi cyrff ar draws y wlad i ddysgu o’i brofiad.”

 

Dywedodd Derek Walker, prif weithredwr Canolfan Cydweithredol Cymru:

 

“Bydd mentrau cydweithredol yn trawsnewid y maes wrth helpu pobl sy’n derbyn taliadau uniongyrchol i berchnogi a rheoli eu gwasanaethau gofal cymdeithasol. Bydd y pecyn cyllid hwn yn ein cymryd gam yn agosach at sefydlu’r corff cyntaf o’i fath yn y Deyrnas Unedig, gan ddangos bod Cymru yn arloesi ym maes gofal cymdeithasol. Mae Canolfan Cydweithredol Cymru yn edrych ymlaen at gydweithio ag aelodau’r Co-op wrth daclo’r camau nesaf i sefydlu’r fenter.”

 

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Golygyddion

 

 

 

  • Anabledd Cymru cymdeithas genedlaethol cyrff pobl anabl sy’n hyrwyddo hawliau, cydraddoldeb ac annibyniaeth pob person anabl.

 

  • Canolfan Cydweithredol Cymru corff cenedlaethol mentrau cydweithredol a chymdeithasol a busnesau o dan reolaeth eu gweithwyr. Mae’r Ganolfan yn helpu mentrau i ddefnyddio gwerthoedd cydweithredol er cryfhau cymunedau a gwasanaethau, ynghyd â chefnogi’r busnesau hynny.

 

  • Taliadau Uniongyrchol
  • Opsiwn ariannol yn lle derbyn gwasanaethau gofal cymunedol traddodiadol yn achos pobl sy’n derbyn asesiad gofal – darparwyd drwy awdurdodau lleol ers 1996.
  • Trefnir a darperir gwasanaethau gofal drwy asiantaethau gofal ac maent yn gallu profi’n anhyblyg wrth ddibynnu ar drefniadau staff mewnol asiantaethau. Er bod llawer yn hapus gyda’u gwasanaeth, mae cwynion yn cynnwys staff yn colli apwyntiadau, newid staff yn rhy aml, prinder amser ac oriau sefydlog sy’n gallu arwain at roi oedolion yn eu gwlâu yn gynnar.
  • Mae taliadau uniongyrchol yn caniatáu unigolion i ddefnyddio cronfa eu hunain i gyflogi cynorthwywyr personol. Mae’n rhoi mwy o reolaeth wrth hwyluso dewis, hyfforddi a rheoli eu cynorthwywyr personol, pennu oriau gwaith a’r tasgau angenrheidiol. Yn achos llawer o bobl, mae wedi darparu mwy o ryddid ac annibyniaeth, gan eu galluogi i fwynhau addysg, gwaith a gweithgareddau cymunedol, ynghyd â bywyd teuluol.
  • Yn gyffredinol mae defnydd o daliadau uniongyrchol yng Nghymru yn isel ac amrywiol. O blith oddeutu 150,000 unigolyn yn derbyn gofal cymunedol gan awdurdod lleol ym Mawrth 2011, dim ond 2,734 person yng Nghymru oedd yn derbyn taliadau uniongyrchol.

 

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