The Neighbourhood Network Scheme is being extended to include working age adults (18 - 50) with additional needs as the current NNS project is for over 50s only. Two pilot schemes will cover the Hodge Hill and Sutton Coldfield constituencies.

This 12 month pilot is about extending the existing NNS model to benefit a wider range of citizens (including those with a learning disability, a physical disability, autism, mental health difficulties, sensory loss or impairment) whilst also sustaining the current support for over 50’s. We want the benefits of the NNS to extend to:

  1. Adults aged 18 to 50 years who have a long-term disability; who are likely to have a care or support need in the future. This also includes people with an existing care or support need that are living in a community setting who can access and participate in activities independently or with the support of a carer or personal assistant.
  2. Whilst also retaining and building on the work for the benefit of over 50’s
  3. Under the Equality Act 2010 a disability is defined as having a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.


Currently, there are some groups that will not benefit directly. This is because the NNS is funded to prevent, reduce and delay the need for long-term adult social care; alongside supporting older and citizens who are disabled to lead happy, healthy, independent lives. We would not want the primary beneficiaries of NNS capacity building / asset development to be:

  • People in long-term registered care home placements
  • People with complex needs
  • People whose primary concern relates to one of the following:
  • Substance misuse
  • Homelessness
  • Domestic abuse
  • Neurodiverse conditions other than Autism although awareness raising and supporting assets to be accessible to citizens with these conditions are planned to form part of this pilot


One all-encompassing Hodge Hill NNS Scheme

Extending the existing NNS model to a broader range of beneficiaries is not about developing a parallel and separate NNS for younger disabled adults but ensuring that all the building blocks of the existing NNS model are reviewed/developed to include younger disabled adults.

Enhancing existing services for young people with additional needs

There are existing services that have proven to be very effective across the locality:

  1. Early Help provision services for families and young people from early years up to the age of 25, or
  2. Preparing for Adulthood services for vulnerable young people aged 14-30

The pilot is not to be seen as a replacement for, or work against the existing service provision, but should be seen as part of the holistic service offer to young people.

It is a pilot – therefore some things will work and others won’t. We want to learn from it and amend as we go, if needed. 

What happens next with our plans for the pilot?

Timescale: 01 April 2021 – 31 March 2022

First Quarter

  1. Raising awareness of the project through our website, social media, information flyers, contacting local voluntary/community groups
  2. Conduct a mapping exercise of existing services offered by voluntary/community groups in Hodge Hill constituency and expanding our Asset register
  3. We will deliver a launch event

 Second Quarter

  1. We will be opening up the grant application process – date to be confirmed
  2. We will be expanding our local Steering Group membership
  3. We will be expanding our local Grant Panel membership

Third & Fourth Quarter

  1. Ongoing delivery of project to include:
  1. Regular news updates through social media and email newsletters
  2. Regular Steering Group and Panel Group meetings
  3. Ongoing grant application process until the allocated grant award value is exhausted

It should be noted that some of our plans for the first and second quarters may overlap and we are aiming to have all steps in place by the end of the second quarter of the pilot project timescale of 01 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.