Relocating the Learning Disability Respite Service and Shaping its Future

Closed 28 Dec 2018

Opened 19 Nov 2018

Feedback updated 16 May 2019

We asked

Your views on:

  • A proposed relocation of the Council’s Learning Disability respite service from its main building at 118 Whitley Wood in South Reading.
  • What is important about the service, now and for the future

You said

  • You agreed that the Council should be making the best use of its resources and look to relocate the Learning Disability respite service to a more suitable building.
  • You agreed the Council should take the opportunity to review the future aspirations for the service.
  • You said the top priorities were: securing a suitable alternative building for the service, providing sensitivity and support to those who use the service, and that the relocation is well managed.  You also said that accessibility of the building, access to support staff, and flexibility of the service was a key priority.

We did

  • We have taken on board the feedback you’ve given us and it is being considered alongside a wider review of our buildings.  We have used the feedback to explore some of the options going forward.
  • We have presented our key findings to Councillors and they have agreed to our recommendation to explore and discuss the options in more detail.

Results updated 16 May 2019



The Council is reviewing in-house services across Adult Social Care in order to ensure that services are sustainable and able to meet the need of our communities, now and in the future. 

As part of this process we are reviewing our facilities and the buildings that we run these services from, including the Learning Disability Respite Service.  The Respite Service provides a short term break for adults with a learning disability, or those with autistic spectrum disorder, and their carers.  The council runs the service and owns the building. It is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), who rated the service as ‘good’.

The respite service provides overnight stays for adults with learning disabilities for up to two people per night.  The majority of stays are planned, but are sometimes provided in an emergency.  The amount of respite is based on the needs of each person and their carer.  The service focuses on those who require higher levels of support, such as one-to-one support, whilst they are in respite.

The Council’s priority is to protect and enhance the lives of vulnerable Adults.  Under the Care Act we work to improve people’s independence and wellbeing.

The Learning Disability respite service currently occupies a small part of the building at 188 Whitley Wood Lane, which is no longer suitable and has become costly to run. We want to find a more suitable building to relocate the service and take this opportunity to review our future aspirations.  We are looking to:

  • Relocate the service to a more suitable building
  • Make better use of the building at 188 Whitley Wood
  • Shape our future aspirations for the service going forward

We are now consulting on the relocation of Learning Disability respite services from 188 Whitley Wood Lane and to gather your views in order to shape the future direction of the service. 

We are working with individuals, families/carers and staff who would be affected by our proposals and they are encouraged to feed into this consultation.  We also want to hear from residents and other stakeholders who have an interest in Learning Disability services in Reading.

This survey sets out our proposals. Please take a few minutes to read through and share your views.

Alternative versions of this survey are available on request, contact us to get one: or call 0118 937 4661.

Easy read version of this survey and easy read version of the equalities section- download, complete and return to:

Learning Disability Respite Consultation
Transformation Team (North 2 Rear)
Reading Borough Council
Civic Offices
Bridge Street


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