‘I’ll just be left home alone’

Calder Valley Club, Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd. Doug Jones, Jason Ferguson and Ian Highley.
Calder Valley Club, Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd. Doug Jones, Jason Ferguson and Ian Highley.

A Rastrick man says the amount of time he can spend at a club for the physically disabled has been slashed following changes to direct payments made by Calderdale Council’s social services department.

Doug Jones, of Highfield Road, Rastrick, has been told Calder Valley Club, at Mytholmroyd, is too expensive and steered towards Scope, which won the council’s contract to provide these type of services last summer.

Others have retained their level of day care at the club but claim efforts were made to persuade them to use other services.

Mr Jones, who is blind and has serious diabetes related conditions and is a service user and committee member at Calder Valley, says that funding for his care at the club has been cut from five days to one which means he will spend much more time at home alone.

If he went to Scope he would have to fund his travel and pay extra care costs, all included in Calder Valley’s price which is only £10 a day more than Scope. They are extra costs he cannot afford, he says.

“It’s affecting almost everybody at the club. They are tearing us apart. It’s taking away my quality of life. Calder Valley is a value for money service. They take care of everything there. It makes you feel like you’re part of society,” he said.

Calderdale Council director of adults, health and social care, Bev Maybury, said the council could not comment on individual cases.

She said the council had a responsibility to assess people’s care needs and ensure they were met, and services should provide best value.

People were assessed and money awarded based on their need and they were encouraged to have the greatest degree of choice and control over their care. Scope won the contract but people could choose services like Calder Valley, an accredited provider of services like these, if they wished.