More pub­lic meet­ings over chil­dren’s cen­tres

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

MORE pub­lic meet­ings on cuts to chil­dren’s cen­tres in Bucks are due to take place fol­low­ing pres­sure from cam­paign­ers.

A con­sul­ta­tion into the over­haul of Bucks County Coun­cil’s Early Help ser­vice, which pro­vides sup­port for fam­i­lies, is set to con­tinue un­til De­cem­ber.

A pub­lic meet­ing took place in High Wy­combe last week where par­ents called for more in­for­ma­tion ses­sions to take place to en­sure as many peo­ple has pos­si­ble are up­dated on plans.

New Early Help plans in­clude re­plac­ing chil­dren’s cen­tres with 14 fam­ily cen­tres, which would ser­vice fam­i­lies with young peo­ple aged up to 19.

An­other op­tion sug­gested by Bucks County Coun­cil would be keep­ing the Early Help ser­vice as it is, and the county’s chil­dren’s cen­tres would re­main open – how­ever, bud­get con­straints would mean re­duced open­ing hours and ser­vices.

Clos­ing all cur­rent chil­dren’s cen­tres in favour of a “fully tar­geted out­reach ser­vice” is the third and fi­nal op­tion put for­ward by BCC, which would be de­liv­ered by teams work­ing in dif­fer­ent ar­eas. Dates for the drop-in ses­sions are: Fri­day Novem­ber 30 from 9.30am to 10.30 am at Dis­raeli Chil­dren’s Cen­tre, The Pas­tures

Mon­day De­cem­ber 3 from 11.45am to 1pm at The Ivers Chil­dren’s Cen­tre in Grange Way, Iver

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