To: Buckinghamshire County Council, Buckinghamshire MPs
Save Buckinghamshire's Children's Centres
We ask you to keep all 35 Children's Centres in Buckinghamshire open.
Why is this important?
35 children’s centres are due to be closed and replaced by 9 ‘hubs’ in new proposals from Buckinghamshire County Council. Well established, ‘safe places’ like children’s centres are key in helping people access early help and support in order to prevent issues escalating. Other services this will affect include:
Bucks Family Information Service
Advice and support for young people through Connexions (Adviza)
Early Help coordinators
Support for children who have lived with Domestic Violence (Refuge and Outreach) (Women’s Aid)
Support for parents through Barnardo’s
Young carers support
These existing services for 0-19 year olds and their families will be brought under one umbrella
Parents of young children know they can come to their local centre for support and someone will be there to give them information and sign post them to the right help. Once again it is the most vulnerable who will be affected by these decisions.
Barriers in accessing help can amongst other things result in more expense later on. Stripping the community of vital assets is completely unacceptable. Children's centres should remain open in their familiar, easily accessible locations. This is an issue of public health.
More info can be found here: https://savewycombehospital.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/action-needed-to-save-childrens-centres-in-buckinghamshire/