Vow to continue fight
CA M PA I G N E R S have vowed to continue the fight to keep respite care at Hollins View.
Following a council u-turn last month, Cheshire East pledged to keep providing the service at Hollins View and Crewe’s Lincoln House until December 2015.
That decision came after campaigners battled to ensure the survival of respite care at the home, on Clarke Terrace, Macclesfield, when the council announced proposals to scrap it.
Cheshire East instead planned to provide respite care only in the independ- ent sector – privately and through voluntary services.
And now campaigners have warned that the fight has only just begun to secure the long term future of respite services at the home.
Morven Sowerbutts, one of the lead campaigners, said: “The first phase of our campaign – keeping Hollin View open and providing respite – was successful. But now the second begins: to make sure the service remains there for the long term rather than just for the next 12 months.
“fter announcing it intended to stop care at Hollins View, the council didn’t tell the vulnerable and disabled adults who used the service where
Ainstead they would be able to access respite services.
“consultation on the plans also didn’t confer with health and social care groups that probably would have expected to be asked to share their views and advice.
“s the new year starts, we are determined to
AAmake sure the council delivers on its promises. If they are intent on stopping respite at Hollins View in December, we want to see that they are investigating properly the possibility of an external organisation taking it over.
“We will be happy for services to stop at Hollins View, but only if we can see the council has suitable and good quality alternative provisions in place that people are happy with.”
The campaign group will now be writing to health and social care groups to garner their views on the proposed closure of respite services at Hollins View. Morven added: “The council made a number of statements throughout the process which proved to be wrong or ill thought out. Now they have the time to do things right – and more importantly the right thing for vulnerable people they are there to protect.”
Councillor Janet Clowes Cabinet member for care and health in the community said: “The consultation exercise was thorough and assisted the council to establish what type of support people required and their preferences as to how and where respite care should be provided.
“It demonstrated that not all individuals and families wish to access respite care through Hollins View in Macclesfield or Lincoln House in Crewe and that a number of people wanted to explore other options open to them including respite in the private sector, financed by the council.
“Both Hollins View and Lincoln House will continue to function while Cheshire East continues to develop its alternative respite options. Any Cheshire East resident with assessed need of respite care will receive it.”
●● The Hands Off Hollins View campaign group meets at Jack Sevens in Macclesfield