Developing Future Day Opportunities

We are reviewing the way we provide day opportunities over the next few months.  We want to ensure we develop our new Day Opportunities Strategy jointly with you if you are a service user, carer, provider, frontline staff or health partner. We also want to ensure we maximise your independence if you are a service user or carer.   

We know our current day opportunities benefit a large proportion of service users and their carers across Nottinghamshire with support offered to people with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, older people and people with mental ill health.

National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) define meaningful activity as including any: “… physical, social and leisure activities that are tailored to the person’s needs and preferences. An activity can range from activities of daily living such as dressing, eating and washing, to leisure activities such as reading, gardening, arts and crafts, conversation, and singing. It can be structured or spontaneous, for groups or for individuals, and may involve family, friends and carers, or the wider community. Activity may provide emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual stimulation. It should take place in an environment that is appropriate to the person's needs and preferences, which may include using outdoor spaces or making adaptations to the person's environment.” 

Day opportunities can mean different things to different people. They can be about learning new skills, taking part in a wide variety of hobbies and interests, accessing the community, supported employment and volunteering opportunities and developing friendships and support networks. We also know that accessing day opportunities is an important source of respite if you are a carer or they can enable you to attend paid employment or medical appointments. 

The feedback we have received will inform the future strategy for day opportunities across Nottinghamshire. 

In June and November 2020 and again in March 2021 we asked for your ideas and views to help us shape the future for day opportunities. We have also spoken to individuals and groups of people who use our services, families and providers. The feedback we have received from you will be included in our new Day Opportunities Strategy.

People have told us they want to explore alternative types of support and more community-based activities. They have said they would like to do more sport, go to cafes and bars, see friends, do things at home, learn to use public transport, do more arts & crafts activities, go to concerts and out in the evenings and at weekends, learn cooking skills, visit the cinema and improve their computer skills.

Over the coming months we will be publishing the draft strategy and asking for your views on this. We will be providing regular updates on this webpage on the future progress of this work.  For further information contact dayoppsconsultation@nottscc.gov.uk.  

We have compiled sets of FAQs for service users, carers and staff

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