Category: Adult Services

From the Swindon Advertiser. 27th August 2010.

“DAD Leslie Lancett is calling on the people of Swindon to have their say on the council cuts, after it was revealed that his daughter’s day care unit is on the hit list of cuts.

Mr Lancett, 72, of Toothill, has spoken out after the Adver revealed yesterday that only 18 people, or 0.01 per cent of the town’s 200,000 residents, have so far commented on the budget consultation.

His daughter Jolene, 33, who suffers from severe learning disabilities, has been attending the One Step Ahead day care centre in South Marston, for 14 years.

She spends four days a week at the centre, taking part in a number of activities including swimming, dancing and gardening.

Mr Lancett said: “They are all so happy at the centre, so secure and they have all progressed.

“It is their life, they can’t possibly take it away from them, if they did, they would regress so much.

“Jolene is comfortable in the company of similarly disabled people. She is not judged by them or the staff as she is by society and her individual special needs have been well catered for in a friendly and encouraging way.”

If the centre is closed when the council makes a decision in October, Mr Lancett said he would be left with no other option, but to give up his job as a shopkeeper in Chippenham to help care for his daughter.

“I would have to give up work and so would so many other people,” he said.”…….

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From The Bolton News. 31st August 2010.

“SOME of Bolton’s most vulnerable people will be among the casualties if proposals to shut disability day centres go ahead as part of the wave of spending cuts.

Parents and carers have made a heartfelt plea to Bolton Council chiefs to retain the under-threat service, earmarked for possible closure in a review of the council’s adult services.

But a council spokesman said: “Absolutely no decisions have been made at this stage about closing any day care centres or any other adult social care services in Bolton.

“Due to the need to achieve savings, we are having to consider all the options and we are talking to people about all the possibilities, and getting their views.

“We need to undertake this review because, as more people use their personal budgets differently and decide to use alternatives to traditional day services, we need to make sure money is being spent where people want it.

“We will consider all options over the next three months and will report back with firmer proposals by the end of 2010.”

Bolton Carers Forum — made up of parents of disabled adults who use the facilities — is launching a campaign against proposals to close the centres, which provide training and care for adults who have learning and physical disabilities.

Treasurer Brian Kenny, aged 72, whose son, Shaun, attends the Jubilee Centre in Halliwell, said: “He knows there is something going on and is very upset by it.”

Mr Kenny, of Little Lever, added: “The centres provide respite care for us. The average age of parents is 60-plus and it is a social forum for service users who take part in activities and go out on day trips.”

Some parents are too worried to tell their children about the proposals.

Rita Farrington, aged 66, of Horwich, has a son Andrew, aged 42, who attends Heaton Fold Centre. She said: “It is his life. I can’t tell him — it will affect his health.”…”

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