New social enterprise to help adults with vulnerabilities

  • A new social enterprise in Leeds hopes to lead the way in providing care for over a thousand adults with vulnerabilities. peoplecircle.jpg

    Aspire Community Benefit Society is taking over the council’s Learning Disability Service for a five year contract, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

    This new model will see the Learning Disability Service being owned and operated by people who work for the service as part of a staff-led mutual.

    Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council’s executive member for health, wellbeing and adults, said: “This is a unique and exciting project for a service which is a genuine lifeline for more than a thousand of our city’s most vulnerable people. Under this new model, service users will still be working with the same people, in the same buildings. The crucial difference will be that staff who work so hard to provide these services will be in charge of their own destiny, empowered to operate independently and attract new business in a highly competitive market. Demand for the Learning Disability Service is increasing all the time which, because of the unprecedented financial challenges we are facing as a council, has put an unsustainable pressure on our budget. We have worked closely with staff and service users for over a year to come up with a service model which incorporates the best elements of the former council service coupled with the passion and spirit of civic enterprise which will be so important to making this new model a success. The result is this innovative and ambitious venture which will see Leeds blazing a trail in ensuring key public services have a sustainable and socially responsible future.”

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