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Working Together : Direct Payments meeting schedule – Update August 6th, 2020

For Direct Payment users and all those interested in Direct Payments (message from the Council’s Direct Payment )

How to get involved  

Come to a meeting: Just turn up to any of the virtual meetings below, if you’re happy to use Zoom. You’re bound to meet other Direct Payment users and learn something as well as getting your voice heard.

Co-production Calendar

Late Summer/Autumn 2020.

Reset Co-production meeting:

We’d like to invite you all to a meeting to discuss the question of how the Council needs to work with Direct Payment users in future, and what is important to work together on.
The meeting will be jointly chaired between the Council and a Direct Payment user. The meeting is not for solving any individual problems you are having with Direct payments. It is for working out together what a good service would look like, and what might need to change for us to achieve that.

Wednesday August 12th, 2020 2pm to 4pm

Write to us: If you prefer, write down your thoughts about what a good Direct Payment Service looks like, and send them to Direct Payments Co-production, Care Brokerage Team, The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ. Your thoughts will be shared with the Co-production Steering group (see below).

Join the Co-production Steering Group: This small group now meets monthly and will “steer” how co-production works and keep the Council accountable for agreed actions and changes. Right now, there are six Direct Payment users and four Council officers in the steering group. We’re looking to expand the group and we are really keen to hear from you if you’re interested in getting involved. You would need to come to a Zoom meeting on Friday afternoons each month. No experience needed- just the willingness to work as a group to achieve positive change. If you would like to join the Steering Group,  email Directpayments@royalgreenwich.gov.uk and give your contact details for the zoom link.

Peer Support Group: Direct payment users from Metro GAD and Greenwich DPAC are starting a regular peer support group on Zoom. This is a great chance to meet other Direct Payment users, exchange ideas and support each other. Council staff will not be at the meetings

Tuesday 25th August 2-3.30pm

Zoom details will be sent to you on the Monday before each meeting.

Tuesday 22nd September 2-3.30pm

Zoom details will be sent to you on the Monday before each meeting.

Tuesday 20th October 2-3.30pm

Zoom details will be sent to you on the Monday before each meeting.

Tuesday 17th November 2-3.30pm

Zoom details will be sent to you on the Monday before each meeting.

Tuesday 15th December 2-3.30pm

Zoom details will be sent to you on the Monday before each meeting.

Direct Payments advice sessions: Council staff will run this six-weekly advice session on Zoom. We will pull in questions from the peer support group, questions that often come to our duty lines, and there may be a chance to ask your own question at the end. 

Wednesday 16th September 2-3pm

Zoom details will be sent to you on the day before each meeting.

Wednesday 28th October 2-3.30pm

Zoom details will be sent to you on the day before each meeting.

Wednesday 9th December 2-3.30pm

Zoom details will be sent to you on the day before each meeting.

What does co-production mean? It means working together.  A fuller definition has been agreed by several groups who have been involved in co-production:

 “a meeting of minds born out of mutual respect, coming together to find a shared solution. In practice it involves people who use services being consulted, included and working together with the service provider, from the start to the end of any project that affects them.

 In this way decision makers and Disabled residents work together in an active way to plan, design and review policy and services that affect Disabled people’s everyday lives, to remove barriers that prevent Disabled people having control and self-direction over their own active and healthy lives”

 Who is involved in co-production?  We hope you will be part of this! So far, we are a small group of Direct Payment users who are keen for things to change for the better, working with Direct payment officers. Some of us are members of groups representing Disabled People, (Metro GAD and Greenwich Disabled People Against Cuts).

We want this group to get bigger and represent a diverse group of Direct Payment users, so let us know if you wish to get involved.

How to use Zoom: If you haven’t used Zoom before, don’t worry. You can get Zoom on a smartphone, tablet or laptop or if you are not online, we’ll send dial in details for you to join on the phone. It’s free to join meetings. Here’s a useful guide from Learning Disability Wales to getting set up and getting the best out of Zoom. https://www.ldw.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/How-to-use-Zoom.pdf

 

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COVID19 testing for PAs

We received this information on COVID19 testing for PAs:

At the moment, the Government strategy is to only offer asymptomatic testing to residential care home staff due to the very high risks potentially encountered in these settings. We are unable to provide weekly test packs for home care workers and personal assistants.

However in RBG , due to increased testing capacity at the national sites, we can book Personal Assistants and Home Care Workers into the testing units we have at Charlton Athletic Football Club (this site can also be accessed by those who are visiting on foot) and The O2 site.

If the PAs that provide critical support would like to be tested, they can email:

Covid19-Testing@royalgreenwich.gov.uk with the following details

  • Full Name
  • Address
  • Mobile Number
  • National Insurance Number
  •    Date of Birth
  • Preferred venue (02 or Charlton Athletic)
  • Car Registration (if intending to use a car to access the testing site)
  • Confirm whether you are a Personal Assistant or Home Care Worker

I hope that this provides you with the information that you need. I can reassure you that we will be making contact with the residents who received the letter that you did to clarify this for them.

I would also emphasise that we do understand the concerns that you and your PA support may have at this time and we continue to do all we can locally to support you including supplying PPE and other advice.

​it refers to asymptomatic PAs, who would like the reassurance that they are not COVID positive. There is no risk they will be turned away. CAFC is accessible by pedestrians.

As a priority we are making contact with those who have a CVI (certificate of Visual Impairment) to rectify the information they originally received. I will ask the Direct Payment team to ensure that recipients who employ Pas receive the information.

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Other COVID-19 communications : Easy Read,other languages, and BSL

From Londonadass  website

COVID-19 Easy Read documents

March 26, 2020

Illustrated guides to support families and carers of people with learning disabilities

April 7, 2020

Here are two new illustrated guides to support families and carers of people with learning disabilities, as well as managers of learning disability services. This might also be useful for those without learning disabilities:

Jack plans ahead for coronavirus

This is about deciding together (in advance) whether someone should go into hospital when they get ill with the virus, and what to think about when they are ill (or dying) at home or in hospital.

When someone dies from coronavirus

This guide is about supporting people with learning disabilities when someone they love dies at this time of social isolation

Advice from Gov.UK

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
12 March 2020

And in different languages

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of these documents in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk  by stating what assistive technology you use.

Easy read, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese simplified (Mandarin), Chinese traditional (Cantonese), French, Gujerati, Polish,Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh

British Sign Language videos

from Sign Health website

https://signhealth.org.uk/resources/coronavirus/

from BTM website

https://www.btm.org.uk/resource-category/accessible-information-about-coronavirus/

from the BTM Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/watch/BTMProjects/

 

 

 

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coronavirus COVID-19 practical help (updated 09/04/2020)

With permission from and many thanks to Liz Crow and others from The Bunker, a Facebook group. These are all guides, please adapt as needed.

Attached are documents on maximising your care and treatment during coronavirus. It outlines measures that can be taken by us as disabled individuals to increase our personal protection during this health crisis.

Maximising your care and treatment during coronavirus (Word doc)

Home contingency template amended(1) (Word doc)

Hospital passport template amended (Word doc)

Briefing document for PAs-2 (PDF)


Government publications in alternative formats

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Government information in BSL

https://www.signhealth.org.uk/

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101/resources/5080

Government guidance on vulnerable children and young people

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

Government guidance on support for those experiencing domestic abuse

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-and-domestic-abuse/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-victims-of-domestic-abuse

Covid-19 changes to the London Taxicard Scheme (for London residents who have mobility or vision impairments)

https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/press-release/02-april-2020/covid-19-–-taxicard-changes


Help for domestic violence survivors and victims in Greenwich

the Her Centre

https://hercentre.org/

( They are still giving support by phone throughout lockdown, please ring on 0203 260 7772.)

see also Safe Lives for their content and links to DV relating to covid-19:

http://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19

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The Royal Borough of Greenwich has launched a new Community Hub that will link thousands of volunteers with opportunities to help people who are most in need of support.  

If you need help because you are vulnerable and self-isolating, and have not got a family member, friend or neighbour who can help, the volunteers could provide support with collecting/delivering prescriptions, delivering essential food packages and connecting you to local community services.

You can contact them to request support on 0800 470 4831 or Email covid19support@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

How to support someone in Royal Greenwich with a Housing Issue during the pandemic: Please click here for contacts.

Self-care during COVID-19: Combat Stress has shared some help and advice to support everyone in managing their mental health throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Take a look and please do share these brilliant resources with your teams and those you support.

 

 

 

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PA /carer letters, requests for PPE, and ‘vulnerable listing’

Disabled people in the #RBG who are on Direct Payments should have recieved a letter allowing and stating names of Key workers (PAs and Carers) to travel to provide essential services for the disabled and vulnerable Individual’s (with photo identity). If you have not, contact your direct payments office. Directpayments@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

For those disabled people who need Personal Protective Equipment – requests for PPE – as appropriate PPE should be used and then disposed of, the council said that they do have stocks and ask that if you require further then please complete and return the attached form to ppe@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

PPE – DP sERVICE USER REQUEST FORM

Get coronavirus support as a clinically extremely vulnerable person

Here is link to register if you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), – register and tell us whether or not you need support.

You may have received a letter from the NHS telling you that you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, or been contacted by your GP or hospital clinician. If this has not happened, contact your GP or clinician after you register with this service.

It may take time for any support offered through this service to arrive. Wherever possible you should continue to rely on friends, family and wider support to help you meet your needs.

You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

please also read Chris Fry from Fry Law

Don’t Share the ‘Vulnerable People’ Register

I understand that Supermarkets need a hand in working out who their disabled customers are, in order to make long overdue reasonable adjustments for them. But this is not the solution. There are 14 Million disabled people in the UK, qualifying for reasonable adjustments of one sort or another, but this register will only assist an anticipated 10% of disabled people.

So not only is this a data breach, it doesn’t help the majority of disabled people trying to access supermarket services. It potentially allows Supermarkets to believe that it only has to help people on the register – which puts them in breach of the Equality Act 2010 obligations to make reasonable adjustments. We will provide letters to assist in challenging supermarkets later today!

Finally, is Government happy to flag you as a vulnerable person to allow people you don’t know, and who may not be DBS checked to know where you live and what your disabilities are??

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Greenwich social care

Greenwich #RBG Coronavirus COVID-19: Latest updates

Main link

https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/coronavirus

See For Benefits and hardship support

https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/info/200154/council_and_elections/2197/coronavirus_covid-19/15

For supermarket hours

https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/info/200154/council_and_elections/2197/coronavirus_covid-19/17

For Volunteering and support for vulnerable residents 

https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/info/200154/council_and_elections/2197/coronavirus_covid-19/4

To get help
If you need help because you are vulnerable and self-isolating, and have not got a family member, friend or neighbour who can help, our volunteers could provide support with:

  • collecting / delivering prescriptions
  • delivering essential food packages
  • connecting you to local community services.

Contact us to request support:
Tel: 0800 470 4831
Email: covid19support@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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Greenwich social care

Changes to charges for Adult Social Care services delayed due to COVID19

In case you are not aware yet, here is the letter for Royal Borough of Greenwich Council on the

Delay to changes in the way we charge for Adult Social Care services.

Due to the current and rapidly changing situation with Coronavirus, the Council has taken the decision to postpone planned changes to social care contributions which were agreed by the Council cabinet in January.

We recognise that this is a stressful time for people who have social care needs and therefore this is not the right time to make such a change.

During this period Council staff are focusing on making sure that essential services are maintained to older and disabled people with care and support needs, and that they are available to provide advice and support.

At present, I can tell you that the changes to social care contribution social care charging will be postponed until September.  We will review this date in July and write to you again in the first week of August to either extend the postponement or confirm the date the changes will happen. Please note, your contribution may still change if your financial situation changes. We will write to you to tell you if that’s the case.

If you have any queries about this letter, please email the team at care-charges@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or call and leave a voicemail on 020 8921 3233. A financial assessment officer will call you back with an answer to your query within 3 working days.

Yours sincerely

Sarah McClinton

Director of Health and Adult Services

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Heres the article on this from the News Shopper (24/3/2020)

9 people in group photo, 5 wheelchair users, 6 women, 3 men, all Caucasian one East Asian, 2 kneeling up front holding banner 'Greenwich Disabled People Against Cuts ' logo
campaigners working for Disabled people in Greenwich borough – including Inclusion London, Metro GAD, Greenwich DPAC, and Winvisible
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Dates for your diary for relevant council meetings on social care charges

Further to the postponement of the Healthier Communities and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Panel meetings undertaking pre-decision scrutiny of Social Care Charges, it is confirmed that 2 meetings have been scheduled as follows:

Meeting 1 – 6.30pm on Wednesday 8 January 2020, in Committee Rooms 4 & 5, Woolwich Town Hall.  This will be to receive evidence from Officers, Greenwich Residents and stakeholders.

Meeting 2 – 6.30pm on Thursday 9 January 2020, in Committee Rooms 4 & 5, Woolwich Town Hall.  This will enable Members an opportunity to deliberate and agree recommendations and comment to be put forward to Cabinet that is taking place on 22 January 2020.

The key areas that Members will seek evidence on, particularly from Greenwich residents, is around impact and hardship.  Evidence provided to Cabinet on 22 October 2019 will be published as part of the Agenda for the January meetings. Therefore, if you have already given/provided evidence, there will be no need to resubmit this.  You are of course, welcome to attend the meetings and provide additional comment.

If you wish to attend, you should confirm your attendance, listing any additional need so that you can be included in the speakers list for the 8 January 2020 meeting.  If you are unable to attend but wish to provide written representations, please email them to Gurdeep Sehmi, Corporate Governance Manager by email – gurdeep.sehmi@roylagreenwich.gov.uk.

Group of people on a pavement, some in wheelchairs, some carrying banners and placards
Greenwich disabled people putting up a front against social care charges outside Woolwich Town Hall
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Meeting with Greenwich Cabinet on 22nd Oct

There was a good turn out with people from Greenwich DPAC, Metro GAD, Inclusion London, WinVisible and supporters.

Initially, the meeting was going to be called off without the Cabinet hearing the disabled people but there was an uproar and the Chair changed his mind and heard the statements of those who had requested to speak.

The lobbying to stop the proposal to charge disabled people for social care will continue. The proposal has just been delayed.

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Council Cabinet meeting 5.30pm 22/10 Woolwich Town Hall

Following Contraversial Greenwich Council Proposals to Increase Charges to disabled people for adult social care METRO GAD, in Partnership with Greenwich DPAC, has Lead a Campaign to Oppose the Increases by Putting a Question to the Leaders of Greenwich Council at Question Time. Then METRO GAD set up a meeting on 7th October with Cllr Thorpe (leader of Greenwich Council) Cllr Lekau (lead Cllr on Health and Social care) & our 3 local MPs : Teresa Pearce, Clive Efford and Matthew Pennycook. We invited other Disabled People and Campaigners to join us including Greenwich DPAC (who helped by organising a meeting on July 22nd with Council Officer Rachel Karn and encouraged people to contact local Cllrs ) , WINVISIBLE (Who wrote an open letter to the Council) , Inclusion London (who have supported with advocacy and legal advice), Sisters of Frida & Independent Living Alternatives. Everyone gave very powerful statements about how council proposed increases in social care charges would negatively impact disabled people in Greenwich, their PA’s, family and Carers.
NOW we need you to support us by attending the crucial council cabinet meeting at 5.30 pm on Tuesday 22nd October at Woolwich Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich, London, SE18.
If you wish to register to ask a question /speak you must first register your intention with nassir.ali@royalgreenwich.gov.uk


We look forward to seeing you there, with your PA’s, friends and family :Strength in Unity!

9 people in a photo : Four standing Caucasian men behind 5 women wheelchair chairs, one od whom is East Asian
Disabled people at the meeting on 7th October at Woolwich Centre