Thursday, 17 March 2011

SORE Save our Respite Establishments - Hargreaves House facing possible closure?

Next Saturday, the 26th at 12.30 in Accrington Town Centre there will be demonstration to save Hargreaves House, one of the 8 respite units for children with disabilities across Lancashire.

The 2011 budget cuts see disabled children's respite under threat. All 8 of the respite units across Lancashire are affected. A number of the units are to close unless the council once again listens and has a change of heart.

The respite units are a home-from-home, a place where children can stay overnight, have fun, learn independence and play and socialise with their peers in a safe environment while their families take a break from 24/7 lifelong caring. It means both child and family get a break from their caring situation.

Many families describe their respite unit as their 'lifeline'.

The Save Our Respite Establishments (SORE) was formed by parents of disabled children in 2006 when Lancashire County Council proposed for closure -simply due to budget cuts- Maplewood House, a disabled children's respite unit. SORE supports families who use the respite centres and will continue to highlight the importance of the respite units for families.

Driver does screeching U-turn... but in wrong direction..

Back in 2009 Conservative's in Lancashire described the closures by the then Labour County Council as 'hitting (the services) of those who rely on them most' with £150,000 of cuts to respite care homes. See flyer below.

This was is the fire storm of the economic downturn. Now the Conservative plans to go much further than mere savings but to close these centres entirely and scale back services. Clearly it wasn't time for change as indicated on the bottom of the leaflet.

If you feel you could benefit from this service contact them for further details:

Alexandra House, Lancaster, Tel: 01524 37606
South Avenue, Morecambe, Tel: 01524 411530
The Bungalow, Preston, Tel: 01772 716252
Maplewood House, Bamber Bridge, Preston, Tel: 01772 336384
Grimshaw Lane, Ormskirk, Tel: 01695 572861
Long Copse, Chorley, Tel: 01257 264485
Reedley Cottages, Burnley, Tel: 01282 602245
Hargreaves House, Oswaldtwistle, Tel: 01254 235675