Agenda and minutes

Deaf Community Forum
Tuesday, 5th December, 2017 7.15 pm

Venue: Community House, 311 Fore Street, Edmonton, N9 0PZ. View directions

Contact: Stacey Gilmour 

Items
No. Item

1.

WELCOME & APOLOGIES

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Jiagge, welcomed all attendees and speakers to the meeting. The BSL Interpreters, Hands on Signer and Electronic Note Taker were introduced.

 

The Chair began by advising the audience that although the Councillors attending the meeting represent different political parties, the Deaf Forum is NOT a political meeting. She therefore asked everyone to respect each other and to respect her role as Chair of the meeting.

 

To ensure that everyone who wanted to ask a question or make a comment got the opportunity she asked that they be brief and concise when speaking. To let her know that they wanted to speak, the Chair asked the audience to please raise their hands and she would get around to them, hopefully in order.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were received.

3.

UPDATE ON THE DEAF PROJECT FUNDING

To receive an update on the Deaf Project Funding.

Minutes:

The Chair advised that the award of contracts relating to the Voluntary Community Sector had been the subject of discussion across the Council. The award of the Advice & Information Tender had been referred back to Cabinet for further consideration. However, to ensure continuity of service provision, funding has been extended until Fenruary.

 

Doug Wilson, Head of Strategy and Service Development within Adult Social care at Enfield Council was welcomed to the meeting. Doug was in attendance to provide a briefing on the Voluntary Community Sector commissioning process but would not be able to discuss details of individual projects such as the Deaf Project.

 

Doug updated the Forum as follows:

 

i)                 The process began 18 months ago when Enfield Council met with all the voluntary sector organisations that we fund and discussed the services that are important to people in Enfield.

ii)               As a result it was agreed that the priorities that would be funded were: supporting carers, helping to get people out of hospital quickly, supporting people to live independently, giving people a voice and helping people to manage their own self-care with long term conditions. We also started off by including social isolation as a stand-alone priority but it was agreed that stopping people becoming isolated should be in every area not just one.

iii)              We the agreed the priorities and a process. We worked with the voluntary sector organisations that we fund to prepare them for this process. We encouraged them to work in partnership with other organisations, to work together as part of a consortium to share expertise and knowledge and to support each other throughout the process.

iv)             The process isn’t yet complete which is why you have been made aware that I cannot answer questions about specific contracts. What I can advise however is that four of the contracts have so far been agreed with the other two still being considered. The four that have been agreed are: supporting carers, independent living, giving people a voice and helping to get people out of hospital quickly.

v)               The two referred back to the next meeting of Cabinet on 20 December 2017 are improved advice & information and self- management of long term conditions.

vi)             We are currently working with the organisations where the contracts have been agreed to get those up and running. Where the other two contracts haven’t been approved yet we have agreed to extend the funding to the current service providers until February. The organisations concerned have been made aware of this.

vii)            This is as much as I can tell you at the moment about the process but I am happy to take questions.

 

The following questions and comments were raised:

 

Q. Which priority does the Deaf Project fall within?

A.  I would say it fits within two of the priorities; giving vulnerable people a voice and improving information and advice.

 

Q.Deaf peoples’ ‘voice’ in in their hands as they communicate via sign language, therefore I do not feel it is  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

ADVERTISING & PROMOTING FUTURE MEETINGS OF THE DEAF COMMUNITY FORUM

To discuss suggestions for advertising and promoting future meetings of the Deaf Community Forum.

Minutes:

Some further consideration would be given regarding advertising and promoting future meetings and fedback at the next meeting.

5.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING ON 5 SEPTEMBER 2017 pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 5 September 2017.

 

Minutes:

AGREED the minutes of the meeting held on 5 September 2017 subject to matters arising that have been covered earlier in the minutes.

6.

FEEDBACK & SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

To receive feedback and suggestions for discussion at future meetings.

Minutes:

The following items were suggested for future meetings:

 

·       Cycle Enfield/Highways/Crossings – request that a transport Officer attends whose remit overlaps all these topics

·       Communication – Mark Morgan

7.

DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS

To note the dates of future meetings as follows:

 

6 March 2018

Minutes:

NOTED that the next meeting would take place on Tuesday 6 March 2018.

 

The audience asked that future meetings of the Deaf Community Forum not be held on a Tuesday as this clashed with the meetings of the only Deaf Club in the Borough.

 

AGREED to ensure that meetings of the Deaf Community Forum did not fall on a Tuesday for the new municipal year (2018/19).