There is still time for people to have their say about proposed changes to a number of social care services in Wolverhampton. The City of Wolverhampton Council has put forward plans which it says will transform social care services and help older people in the city remain independent for longer. Service users, their families and carers, staff and other stakeholders are urged to take part in the consultation, with a last in a series of events for the public taking place at the Civic Centre, St Peter’s Square, on Tuesday (20 October 2015) at 7pm.

As well as the above events, people can have their say by contacting Rose Powell, Participation Officer, on 01902 555494 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by completing a short survey online at The closing date for comments is Monday 26 October, 2015.

The proposals include decommissioning Nelson Mandela House and Merry Hill House, the residential and short stay respite homes, and transferring services to external providers. The council is also proposing to decommission Woden Resource Centre, which currently provides residential rehabilitation and high dependency day services, and reproviding the high dependency day services in the external market.

Councillor Elias Mattu, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “It's important that as many people as possible have their say during the consultation period and help shape the final proposals which will be presented to Cabinet later this year.

“The proposals relating to Nelson Mandela House, Merry Hill House and Woden Resource Centre are part of a wider package of measures which will enable us to increase the amount of support we offer to older people in their own homes, including additional reablement and greater use of Telecare assistive technology, such as personal alarms and monitoring equipment.”