Frequently Asked Questions
How do I start at Drym?
Most people hear about us by word of mouth. A starting point tends to be a discussion with your support workers/family/carers. We encourage people to come and have a visit for some tea and have a look at what goes on at Drym Valley Centre. You may need 1-2 visits on different days to get a feel for the place; you don’t have to make a decision immediately. Discuss it with others and also have a look at other services in your area. If you decide you would like to come, our referral form is then completed by the referring agent and we request an up to date risk assessment from them. Often the thing that can delay you starting at Drym is the funding. So, be patient. If you are self funding, bills are on a 30 day term, and can be paid either by cheque, BACS or direct debit.
Can I only come in for ½ a day?
Yes, as long as you can be transport yourself, we are very flexible about how we fit in with your week.
Do you provide transport?
Transport is available for people who live in the Penwith and Kerrier area, either from client’s address, or from a negotiated collection point.
Do you charge for transport?
No, this is covered within the day care charges
Do you provide lunch?
No, you will need to bring a packed lunch.
How are places funded at Drym?
If you have mental health problems, then places tend to be funded by Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, with initial referrals made by Community Psychiatric Nurse or Occupational Therapist. If you have a learning disability, then places tend to be funded by Department of Adult Social Care/Cornwall Council, with referrals made by community nurses or social workers. Some people may refer themselves having been recommended by other health and social care professionals, and they may choose to pay for day placement.
Is there a waiting list?
At present there is no waiting list. Our daily occupancy can be up to 25 service users. We currently run at 20 people a day. Some service users may need to attend with 1-1 or 2-1 support workers, so some days feel busier than others.
What happens if I want to stop attending Drym?
You can stop Drym whenever you want to, you don’t have to work any notice. We will support you in your decision, but we would like to know the reason, as it would help develop the service.
Who can use the respite facility?
The 1 bedroom flat, can be used by people for holidays i.e.. from out of county, we can collect from train/coach stations. There is the offer that people using the facility may engage with the activities at the centre. Some people who use the respite facility may use it for a short term break away from the home situation. It may be used as a retreat environment where people come to rest and restore their well-being. Referrals are taken from the home treatment team, assertive outreach team and Community Mental Health Team. The minimum is 1 night. No deposit required.