Review launched into future of local learning disability respite service

Posted 27/11/2018

THE LOCATION of Reading Borough Council’s Disability Respite Service is being reviewed with a view to moving the service to a more suitable home.

The respite service, currently based at 188 Whitley Wood Lane in south Reading, provides short term, overnight breaks for adults with a learning disability, which also provides some respite for their carers. At present there are nine people using the service throughout the year, mainly on a planned basis, but sometimes in an emergency.

The council says the current location of the service is no longer suitable, as most of the building is vacant. Only two people use the service any one time and the council says this level of demand is unlikely to change.

The proposal is now to relocate to a more suitable sized home, with improved accessibility, and to shape the future aspirations of the service going forward, as well as make better use of the Council owned building at 188 Whitley Wood.

The consultation will seek people’s views on what they like and what they want from the service going forward to feed into potential options. Healthwatch Reading’s advocacy service, Reading Voice, will be involved in providing advocates to work with people with learning disabilities to help them express their views on the plans.

Cllr Tony Jones, Reading’s Lead Member for Adult Social Care, said: “The review of the location of the Council’s Learning Disability Respite Service is an opportunity to improve facilities for people using the service, as well as make better use of a building that is greatly under-used at present.

“We fully appreciate any change for vulnerable residents and their families can be daunting and Council officers will be working closely with the people who use this service and related service providers, on this review.”

The consultation runs from Monday 19th November until Friday 28th December 2018. People can take part by visiting the consultation hub on the website 

To request a paper copy, a large print version of this consultation or for help with completing it call 0118 937 4661 or email

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