Parents of children with disabilities were furious when they heard that Salford Council was intending to shut down short term respite centre facilities at The Grange – and, instead move their kids into the adult facility at Granville or with foster carers.
The parents, together with trade unionists and community activists, launched the Save The Grange campaign which has held protests, confrontations with Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart and asked searching questions of the proposals which still have no thorough answers (for background see previous Salford Star articles – click here and click here and click here).
Now, the Save The Grange campaign is holding a Coffee Morning, to get together with other families of children with disabilities who have been affected by Salford Council cuts to their services.
"This event is for all families with children with disabilities, campaign supporters and any others who are concerned about the cuts that have taken place to children with disabilities in recent years" states the campaign "These include teaching support services, social work, starting life well services, as well as other activities and support. Please come along, everyone will be welcome."
As Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, says, "Because of Government cuts, we all know that the Council is going to look very different in the future…"
With another £75million of cuts coming over the next three years, will it be possible for him to "make some real savings without hitting services"?
These are the sorts of subjects up for discussion over a coffee and biscuits at the Royal Legion next week…
Save The Grange Coffee Morning
Saturday 12th October 11am-1pm free
Swinton Royal Legion, Cheetham Road M27 4UQ
Main photo by Steven Speed