THE new High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, James Naylor, had a whistle-stop tour of County Council services on Tuesday, with a focus on caring for vulnerable adults.
Hosted by Chairman Mike Colston, the tour included visits to a care home for people with learning disabilities, a supported living scheme for people with learning difficulties, a nursing care home for older people and ‘extra care’ housing that caters for older and frailer people who wish to remain as independent as possible but require some support to do so. The High Sheriff was also shown a range of specialist equipment that helps older and disabled people to be as independent as possible, often referred to as Telecare.
As part of the tour, the High Sheriff met Patricia Birchley, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, who outlined the significant achievements in her portfolio and the challenges ahead. During his year Mr Naylor aims to promote close co-operation between the service sector and voluntary groups, and raise the profile of those who care for the disabled and disadvantaged.
Mr Naylor also met Chief Executive Chris Williams and saw the County Hall’s Contact Centre, the first point of contact for all callers to the County Council.
Mr Naylor said: “I valued the opportunity to see at first hand some of the front-line services operated by the County Council. I had a most interesting visit and learned a great deal about the work carried out by county councillors and staff. It was a most informative visit.”
Mr Colston said: “We’re fortunate to have very good people in Buckinghamshire caring for those who are vulnerable in our community, and I was delighted to be able to introduce the High Sheriff to some of them.”