Antonine was formed in 1981 to improve the lives of people with disabilities and/or their carers by providing valuable respite in which they are free to fill with their own activities. Over the years the organisation has been funded through grants and service level agreements to deliver day opportunities for people with a physical disability living in the West of Glasgow.
The centre has not stood still, and has grown and developed to meet need. Once an action group to fight for the rights for disabled people and their services. We now provide services to meet the social, recreational, educational and personal care needs.
Antonine was set up originally as Drumchapel Disabled Action Group (DDAG) its aim was to meet the needs of those with physical disabilities although we have had to adapt our services to accommodate a much broader range of disabilities throughout the years. The building was built through funding from the European Social Fund, urban aid funding although times have changed and funding streams which once existed to support the service no longer exist.
DDAG was funded through regeneration fund at Glasgow City Council and has seen various changes in its funding stream throughout the years. DDAG changed its name to DDA2 and again to Antonine in 2013 in an aim to market itself better to the changing environment. In 2007 we were successful in gaining a grant from Community planning partnership (CPP), and although the CPP has changed its funding stream several times(currently the integrated grant fund), our funding from them has remained static at £32,000 per annum.
In 2012 we began the difficult journey into Self Directed Support. This was and is the largest change in how funding is received since the building opened its doors. Instead of Antonine receiving an annual grant from SWS and meeting need with this money, service users are now assessed by SWS for their own budgets (if they choose) and buy what services they want accordingly. For the future this will be one of 4 ways of receiving a service. Through budget given to you by SWS, Direct payment, mixture of both or self-funding. Service users can choose to not go through the personalisation process, therefor it is likely at this point they may pull away from services altogether.
Glasgow City Council has also implemented their charging policy, so every service user must pay a contribution towards their service from their current benefits. This amount is also decided on by SWS and an assessment process they complete.
Since the introduction of SDS and the client contribution, we are currently trading at 92% capacity and we have seen an increase in the amount of service users utilising our service with a learning disability or complex needs.
In 2006 DDA2 registered with the care inspectorate, as a support service. We have had consistent good reports since this time. Service users who attend Antonine can expect a certain quality of care and support.
The third sector is highly competitive and to stay innovative we are constantly looking at this service we provide and how we can change/improve or progress this organisation. This is completed through constant participation with the service users through information days/ newsletters/ reviews/ informal meetings with keyworkers and 6 monthly quality audits.