Dementia village & more independent living accommodation
We would seek to build a new ‘Dementia Village’. This is an innovative way of providing social care to people suffering from the rising problem of Dementia. The dementia village would be based on the Hogeweyk project in the Netherlands and would provide care grounded in day to day life within society. We would also work to build more independent living accommodation units for Calderdale.
Building more bungalows
There is a chronic shortage of bungalows with disabled access for people living in Calderdale. We would seek to address this social care problem via our house building agenda.
Ensure that mental health gets a fair share of health spending
Improving mental health provision is a priority for Liberal Democrats nationally and locally. We want to invest more funding in mental health services and want to make sure that services in Calderdale are easily accessible for local people. While “talking therapies” are important, so are creative arts therapies and support and care services for people living with enduring mental illness.
Care closer to home
We would towards ensuring everybody has easy access to health, wellbeing and care services in their local community provided and coordinated through a partnership between Calderdale Council, the NHS and local community groups.
Looking after our Children
Currently we have a society where many children are taken into care. These children are then placed in privately provided placements. The cost of this system is exorbitant and sadly many children in care have poor outcomes. At the same time many loving parents are turned away from adopting for reasons such as they have the wrong BMI.
We would seek to provide more of the provision of care placements within the public sector. We would do this by working with other authorities across the region to build new children’s homes.
We would also seek to invest more in early intervention to try and keep more children with their birth families where possible. We want the best outcome for our children and that starts with examining the underlying social problems and causes as to why children have to be taken into care.