Alexan­dria so­cial work team to move

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Carla Tal­bot

A so­cial work ser­vice which helps vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies is mov­ing from its Alexan­dria base. West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil’s chil­dren and fam­ily teams will be mov­ing from their cur­rent of­fices in the town’s Church Street to a new premises in Cly­de­bank, the Len­nox Her­ald can re­veal. The lo­cal au­thor­ity has assured the change in lo­ca­tion will have no im­pact on the ser­vice for any fam­i­lies in the area. But it is un­der­stood staff within the depart­ment have raised con­cerns sur­round­ing the move, claim­ing it will have an af­fect on their abil­ity to pro­vide an ef­fec­tive ser­vice. One staff mem­ber who will be af­fected by the move, said:“This move means the ser­vice will no longer be lo­cal in most de­prived area in West Dun­bar­ton­shire. “This is a loss of an ef­fec­tive ser­vice in the lo­cal com­mu­nity of Alexan­dria.” A coun­cil spokes­woman said: “All chil­dren and fam­ily teams are mov­ing to a sin­gle lo­ca­tion to en­sure the most ef­fi­cient and co­or­di­nated ap­proach to de­liv­er­ing these ser­vices to res­i­dents. “Staff will visit fam­i­lies at home or can meet them at other of­fices in Alexan­dria so there will be no re­quire­ment for fam­i­lies to travel to Cly­de­bank to ac­cess ser­vices.”

The spokes­woman stressed: “There will be no im­pact to vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies in any part of West Dun­bar­ton­shire.”

It is un­der­stood that the move will take place later this year.

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