The Salford Star has been trying get a comment from Salford Council since before our exclusive story in December (see here) revealed that three day care centres in the city – Humphrey Booth in Ordsall, Craig Hall in Irlam and Brierley House in Little Hulton – were up for the axe.
We've still heard absolutely nothing – even though official consultations to discuss the closures with people who currently use the centres begin tomorrow (10th Jan) at 2pm, with a meeting at Humphrey Booth Day Centre in Ordsall (for other dates see below).
Meanwhile there is already a campaign to try and stop the closures, with a public meeting being held this coming Saturday (14th Jan) at 2pm at st Clement's Church in Ordsall, which is being supported by Salford City UNISON, Salford Against The Cuts and Salford Pensioners Association, amongst others. The meeting is being led by St Clement's Reverend Sandra Kearney who argues that potential axing of the three centres will hit the most vulnerable the hardest…
"These day centre closures are an injustice to the vulnerable" she says "I don't believe this will be cost effective in the long run. Only 18 months ago money was spent on refurbishing the Humphrey Booth Centre in Ordsall and now the Council propose to withdraw funding. Even then we can't put a price on how much these services support the overall needs of the people who use them."
Salford City UNISON, Salford Against The Cuts, Salford Pensioners Association
Saturday 14th January 2-4pm
St Clement's Church
Grove Avenue, off Westcraven Drive, Ordsall, M5 3LQ
The following Saturday, 21st January (12-2pm) there's another Public Meeting against Salford Council's cuts to youth services, adult services and everything else at Swinton Royal British Legion, Cheetham Road, Swinton, M27 4UQ - see here for more details
FULL DETAILS OF DAY CARE CLOSURE CONSULTATIONS FOR SERVICE USERS…
Morning Consultation Dates 10:30 – 12:30
Humphrey Booth Ordsall – 12th January 2012
St Georges– 16th January 2012
Alexandra House – 17th January 2012
Afternoon Consultation Dates 14:00 – 16:00
Humphrey Booth Resource Centre – 10th January 2012
Brierley House – 13th January 2012
Waterside – 18th January 2012
Evening Consultation Dates 18:00 – 20:00
Craig Hall – 11th January 2012
St Georges – 16th January 2012
Alexandra House – 19th January 2012
Service users can also pass on comments to these addresses