What is FlexiChoices?
FlexiChoices is a new type of respite service for family and Carers.To deliver this support, Surrey Choices is working in partnership with Surrey County Council who are supplying funding for this alternative form of respite. Support will be provided to those who have not been able to access their usual respite.
What will the respite look like?
Our respite service is an exciting opportunity to help people learn new skills, get active in their community and have fun on evenings and weekends. This means you can go out for meals, go swimming, take a trip to the cinema or museum, whatever you and the person you support fancy doing. There will also be the availability of respite in purpose built buildings where people can continue learning a range of skills from independent living to looking after their health and wellbeing in a fun, accessible environment.
Shared Lives Carers will also be able to make the most of the opportunity by providing respite for those in need, to give their families and Carers a well deserved break.
Who can receive the respite?
FlexiChoices has been designed to provide support to families and Carers who received little to no respite during lockdown and throughout the pandemic. This means FlexiChoices is available to:
- Someone with additional support needs living at home with their family or Carer
- Someone who’s family or Carer needs respite due to the pandemic
- Someone who wants to be an active member of their community
How will we provide support?
We will look at the person’s needs, wishes and goals to advise them, their family or Carer on the best route of support in terms of the frequency and type of service we can provide, whether that is out in the community or at one of our purpose built buildings.
Next steps for FlexiChoices
Due to the success of the FlexiChoices service during the lockdown, we will be launching a new flexible respite service from June 2021 combining building based activities with community support during evenings and weekends. This service will be available on referral from social care but is also open to people with direct payments or private funders. Initially some of the services available will be limited, but the plan is to grow and expand the opportunities available during 2021
How to get in touch
For further information or to be referred to the programme please get in touch here.