70 years of adult social care

This year marks the 70th anniversary of adult social care in the UK. We want to recognise the role of all staff and partners who work in adult social care across the borough, helping to improve the lives of thousands of people.

Who we have supported

In Richmond upon Thames, over the past 12 months, we have helped over 2,200 adults, supporting at least 1,500 to live independently in their own homes.

Locally, we have: 

  • Managed three Council day centres and supported six managed by the voluntary sector
  • Provided personal budgets to over 1,500 people
  • Supported 22 older people care homes
  • Supported 21 care homes for people with learning difficulties
  • Supported five care homes for people with mental health issues
  • We have also given short term support to nearly 1,000 people when they have come out of hospital

We work with dozens of local organisations to provide support directly in communities, all of which provide valued support to thousands of families. Without them, many more people would be lonely, isolated and potentially have to live in care homes.

How we are celebrating

From 1 to 7 October 2018, we are celebrating the role of adult social care across the borough by presenting a series of case studies of our staff, representatives from local organisations and importantly, those people who receive our support.

Hear from Councillor Piers Allen, the Cabinet Member for Adult Services, as he thanks our local adult social care workforce, including social workers, occupational therapists, care providers and our vibrant voluntary sector for their work in this Richmond social care week video.

The future of adult social care

Richmond Council is committed to supporting all vulnerable residents across the borough. However, the rise in the demand for services and the huge reduction in Government funding makes this a challenge for all councils. The absence of adequate long-term funding and reform for social care has had a significant impact locally. We are facing unprecedented levels of increased demand from people needing care and support, many of whom have increasingly complex health needs and disabilities. The important issue of how to fund social care cannot continue to be avoided any longer. 

There is currently no confirmation of Government funding available for adult social care beyond 2019/20, and we feel it is not right that such uncertainty remains about the funding of vital care and support services.

This week, Cllr Robin Brown, the Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Finance, wrote to the Government Minister for Health and Social Care to raise the issue and encourage the Government to take action.

Hear from Cllr Brown.

Case studies

A series of short videos about staff members, representatives for local organisations and people who receive our support.

Council staff

Joint Health and Council staff

The Voluntary Sector

Residents who receive services

Find out more

See further information about adult social care in Richmond upon Thames.

Alternatively, you can attend the Full of Life Fair on 26 October 2018, at the RFU Twickenham Rugby Stadium. The event will have stalls, workshops and activities from the Council and many local organisations. Attendees are requested to register if they would like to attend.

Updated: 21 November 2019