Aut Even Consultation 2017

Aut Even & Parklands Consultation - Autumn 2017

Proposed changes at Aut Even and Parklands.

Medway Council is looking at  a proposal to move the provision of overnight short breaks services from Aut Even to Parklands.

Currently overnight short breaks for Medway children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are provided at Aut Even, in Patrixbourne Avenue, Twydall, ME8 6UF.  However, Medway Council is considering moving this service to Parklands, in Oxford Road, Gillingham, ME7 4BY.

There is no proposal to change the overnight Short Breaks service, or the criteria for qualifying for Short Breaks.
Staff would be moving with the service and, although there will be some minor changes, the same familiar staff faces would still be helping children at Parklands.

The two main reasons for undertaking this change are:
-Provide more purpose-built facilities in a suitable setting
-Improve the service by having more internal and external space to use

The facilities at Parklands are newer and purpose-built for overnight Short Breaks, whereas the Aut Even building has some limitations, both within the building and immediate environment.  We also feel that Parklands is better suited for the ongoing provision of Short Breaks as it has better parking and turning facilities and is not positioned too far away from Aut Even, so would not affect travelling for families using the service.  Parklands also has a secure gated access and is adjacent to a park.

After school and other services would still be delivered from Parklands. We are proposing to make some adaptations to the building to allow this, including providing separate access for Short Breaks and After school children.  As Parklands is already used for after school activities for SEND children, we hope this would ease the transition for children who may not like change or unfamiliarity as they will still be attending the same place.

We would make some physical changes to Parklands’ first floor to make sure it offers the best facilities possible, this will include looking at the possibility of adding an extra bedroom so that we would be able to accommodate more children than is currently possible at Aut Even.

We are very interested in your views regarding this proposed change and would encourage you to provide your feedback through the consultation we are undertaking.

Questionnaires must be returned no later than 12 Noon 3rd November 2017.
Q1 Is your child currently using Aut Even?
Q5 Is your child currently using Parklands?
Q9 Which activities provided by Parklands does your child use?
  Yes   No  
  After school play scheme    

  Saturday Club    

  Holiday play scheme    
Q10 To what extent do you agree or disagree with the proposal to move the overnight short break service from Aut Even to Parklands? (The map below show current locations of Aut Even and Parklands.)
We want to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and equally. To help  us do that we are asking you for some information about yourself. This information will only be used to help us make decisions about our services delivery.
Q15 How old are you?
Q16 Are you?
Q17 Are your day to day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted or is expected to last, at least 12 months? (Single response)
Q18 Which part of Medway do you live in? (Please tick only one)
Q20 Which of these ethnic groups is close to you? (Please tick only one)
Q21 Is English your main language? (Single response)
Q22 Which of the following best describes your marital status?(Single response)

Your Child

Q23 Are you the child's main carer? (Single response)
Q24 What is your relationship to the child? (Single response)
Q25 How old is your child? (Only give the age of the child who has a disability)
Q26 Which most closely describes your child's disability (Tick all that apply)
Q27 Does your child have an Educational, Health and Care Plan? (Single response)
Q28 What type of school does your child attend? (Single response)
Medway Council is committed to compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998, as well as your rights to confidentiality and respect for privacy. The council will ensure that it keeps your personal information accurate and secure.  

The Council will only use the information it holds about you for the purpose you provided it. It will also only collect the minimum information necessary to fulfil that purpose. When it no longer has a need to keep information about you, it will be disposed of in a secure manner. Please note:
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