We are delighted to have been selected with Aberdeenshire Council to take part in a new approach to public service delivery through the Scottish Government's Public-Social Partnerships (PSPs).
The partnership will see us work together with the local authority to improve services for people with learning disabilities in Aberdeenshire. We will do this through bringing together public sector purchasers, third sector providers and the private sector to design new and improved services for 9 adults with support needs in Portlethen and Peterhead. The people we supports, their families and carers will also be involved in the design and delivery of the service.
The new PSP pilot will focus on a variety of areas including outcome based commissioning, the benefits of self-directed support and a partnership approach as opposed to more traditional purchaser/provider relationship.
Edel Harris, Cornerstone's Chief Executive comments "Ultimately our joint vision for the partnership is to design and deliver services that enhance the quality of life for the people we support.
"We are delighted to have been selected to take part in the PSP Pilot with Aberdeenshire Council and look forward to doing everything we can to improve they way we provide our services and enabling the people we support to enjoy a valued life."
Both Cornerstone and Aberdeenshire Council believe this change of approach to service delivery will result in the partnership being replicated into other areas of social commissioning, resulting in larger social impact for individuals who commission services, their families and carers and the wider local community.
Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council Colin Mackenzie said: "Aberdeenshire Council has vast experience of delivering and supporting a number of social enterprises though our own social work service and jointly with the third sector.
"I welcome the news that two projects in Aberdeenshire are to receive additional support from Scottish Government.
"The pilots will look at the design and delivery of social enterprise projects and allow us to learn how to continue to support and improve the independence of people with learning disabilities whilst also ensuring long term sustainability.
"This work will have a positive impact for generations to come."