Colin Poole, Chief Executive, Optua Louise Pennell, Big Splash Co-ordinator

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Colin Poole, Chief Executive, Optua Louise Pennell, Big Splash Co-ordinator. Optua Leisure Service -  Enabling and empowering disabled people to take part in the sport and leisure activities of their choice. Who are Optua?. Optua provides a wide range of services for disabled - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Colin Poole, Chief Executive, OptuaLouise Pennell, Big Splash Co-ordinator

  • Optua Leisure Service -Enabling and empoweringdisabled people to take part in the sport and leisure activities of their choice.

  • *Access Groups * Homecare ** Advice and Advocacy ** Leisure Opportunities * * Community Transport * * Volunteering * Training ** Supported Housing *

    We are a User Led Organisation, governed by disabled people, for disabled people. This is an important dynamic.Who are Optua? Optua provides a wide range of services for disabledpeople across Suffolk and beyond, including:

  • Leisure ServiceActivity GroupsLearning through Leisure Suffolk Disability Sport Academy Teaming UpBig Splash

    Optua Leisure Service

  • Leisure ServiceActivity GroupsLearning through Leisure Suffolk Disability Sport Academy Teaming UpBig Splash

    Optua Leisure Service

  • Leisure ServiceCinema ClubDay trips (London Theatres, Thursford, Duxford)Adapted BikesFootballFishingGeneral Leisure opportunities

    Optua Leisure Service

  • Leisure ServiceActivity GroupsLearning through Leisure Suffolk Disability Sport Academy Teaming UpBig Splash

    Optua Leisure Service

  • Activity GroupsFortnightly clubAppeals to people who enjoy gentle activityCarpet Bowls, yoga, potteryIncludes option of a mealNever been more popular

    Optua Leisure Service

  • Leisure ServiceActivity GroupsLearning through Leisure Suffolk Disability Sport Academy Teaming UpBig Splash

    Optua Leisure Service

  • Learning through Leisure Short breaks service for family carersBreaks at the time of the choice of the carer, sort of break is the choice of the cared-for person.Monthly clubsWeekenders and Midweek breaks

    Optua Leisure Service

  • Leisure ServiceActivity GroupsLearning through Leisure Suffolk Disability Sport Academy Teaming UpBig Splash

    Optua Leisure Service

  • Suffolk Disability Sport Academy Raise participation in disability sport by improving access to itRaise the profile of disability sport. Support existing disability provision.Develop new sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

    Optua Leisure Service

  • Leisure ServiceActivity GroupsLearning through Leisure Suffolk Disability Sport Academy Teaming UpBig Splash

    Optua Leisure Service

  • Teaming UpLearning social and independence skills through leisure opportunities10 week programmeBuilds a cohort of friendsConfidence for family carers

    Optua Leisure Service

  • Leisure ServiceActivity GroupsLearning through Leisure Suffolk Disability Sport Academy Teaming UpBig Splash

    Optua Leisure Service

  • Big SplashSupported swimming sessions8 municipal pools across SuffolkOn the timetableSupported by volunteers in the waterOptua Leisure Service

  • Provide a product people want to spend their Personal Budget onActive Lifestyle SurveyDemos reportSupport for carersTemporary respite moves to regular respite and potentially to no carer dutiesAttracts external investmentSport and culture provides attractions to investors who do not see social care as relevant to them.It is a lot cheaper than traditional day careHow we contribute to Adult Social Care

  • Marketing ApproachWho is the customer: who makes the buying decisions?CommissionersDisabled person and their relativesWhat do they want to buy?FeedbackHow can we provide it to the specification?Understand the customer what influences their buying decision?How do we communicate what we do?Invest in PRHow do we ensure our services are commissioned?

  • AccessPhysical and attitudinal barriersSolutionsLobby for improvementsAccess group for SuffolkMid Suffolk Access GroupEast Suffolk Focus GroupRepresentation on planning groupsCommercial pressureBuying power of disabled peoplePublicity

    What are the barriers?

  • CarefullyIs the local authority structure of social care really a good seedbed for developing these services?Great people with the skills and knowledge to do the work butHamstrung by bureaucracy, cant get decisions madeChanging priorities and staff, particularly nowRisk averse, impact of making mistakes can be intimidatingRestricted view of the marketplaceSignal clear intentions to the marketDecide whether you want to be a provider or purchaserIndependent providers will respond to demand

    How can we develop services together?

  • What happens after 2012?The opportunity to make big differences on the back of London 2012 is time-limited. Sustainability Optua uses over 200 volunteers to provide servicesWe use mainstream clubs to provide sporting pathwaysParadigm shiftEnabling and empowering people, not social careThe future of sport and culture in social care