The contract for a major new service which will help people in Essex who have a sensory impairment to lead active, fulfilling and independent lives has been awarded to Essex Cares by Essex County Council.
Essex Cares will work closely with partners in the voluntary sector to deliver the new Sensory Co-ordination Service from July 2015. They will ensure that the right advice, practical and emotional support is available to local residents who are living with hearing, sight or dual sensory loss. This will include support in rebuilding confidence and independence when sight or hearing loss first occurs and after any illness.
By ensuring that support is readily available and easily accessible the new service will help to tackle the loneliness and isolation often experienced by people who have a sensory impairment. It will also help them to maintain their skills, independence and confidence.
Managing Director of Essex Cares, Liz Chidgey, said: “It’s estimated that 180,000 people in Essex are living with a sensory impairment and that’s expected to increase to over 210,000 by 2020. It’s crucial to identify clear, personalised care plans to enable people to live the life they want to, as independently as possible.
“We’re looking forward to working collaboratively with partners in the voluntary sector to ensure that this new service reaches out to everyone in Essex who needs it and make sure that we’re offering the right support, advice and guidance as early as possible.”
Essex Cares already runs a number of services to support people with sensory impairments, including a Sighted Guide Service and Sensory Awareness Training.
Councillor Anne Brown, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Healthy Living, added: “In Essex we have a vision of a sensory friendly county, where people with sensory impairments have their needs identified early and lead their lives with the same opportunities and aspirations as other citizens. A more co-ordinated approach which makes the best use of the voluntary sector is another step towards making that vision a reality.”
For more information about the new Sensory Co-ordination Service or Essex Cares’ existing support provision, call 0800 035 9770, email email@example.com or visit the Essex Cares website: www.essexcares.org.