Provision of the Building Stronger Bridges Project in East Sussex
Request for Quotations
East Sussex County Council is seeking expressions of interest from organisations interested in quoting for the provision of the Building Stronger Bridges project as outlined below.
East Sussex has increasing numbers of older and disabled people within the local population coupled with rising demand for care and support services. ESCC Adult Social Care & Health (ASCH) is seeking interested partner organisations to pilot a new approach to working with local communities for the benefit of older and disabled people with care and support needs.
The Council will let the contracts for an initial period of 12 months. The indicative contract sum will be in the region of £41,500.00 for each geographical area outlined in the specification document.
The scheme will be based on six designated geographical areas. Quotations are invited from organisations to cover either one or multiple areas, however each geographical area will be let as an individual contract and quotations for multiple areas must take account of this. ASCH will contract with a maximum of one organisation for each geographical area, however to encourage strong bids and partnership working, ‘Trusted Partner’ status has been developed to enable a bid from a lead partner linked with another organisation/s to ensure the full skills set and knowledge base is covered.
Partner organisations will use community development and capacity building skills, as well as an understanding of health and social care, to:
· Make contact and work with existing local organisations, groups and schemes, as yet unknown to ASC, to establish a working relationship with ASC operational teams.
· Stimulate and develop the growth of new ‘good neighbour’ style schemes where there are gaps in local areas
· Contribute learning and outcomes to co-design future ways of working
ASCH wishes to contract with organisations both to demonstrate an ongoing business case for ASCH funding in this area of work, but also to develop the model by building into it, from the outset, the knowledge and expertise of our local partners.
This pilot project will aim to increase the range of informal networks of community-based support available to frail elderly and disabled people, through promoting active citizenship and participation and building on the strengths and assets that exist in local communities.
Below are the expected outcomes of the Project:
· Strengthened capacity within communities to support older and more vulnerable citizens, including new ‘good neighbour’ type schemes in areas where there are gaps.
· A model for community level working that maximises existing strengths and assets to facilitate informal support for older and disabled people with (or likely to have) care and support needs
· A map of alternative support options for ASC operational staff to access, and established pathways and tools to support appropriate referring relationships
· More depth of detail on East Sussex 1Space about local support opportunities
· Impact evaluation and the beginnings of an evidence base for community level asset-based initiatives that demonstrates their contribution to demand management through preventing, delaying or reducing the need for longer-term paid support
· A clearer understanding of the barriers to providing support to those with high levels of need and the potential solutions
· More active citizenship opportunities and inclusion at the local level for older and disabled people.
Further detail will be included in the quotation pack.
Award criteria will be based on a combination of both technical & commercial capability and Best Value. Detailed information will be provided within the quotation pack.
The deadline for receipt of quotations is 12 noon on 31st March 2014
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