Children’s Centre still at risk

The former Children’s Centre at Angram bank is now operating as a ‘linked centre’ for the foreseeable future.

By Kurtis Crossland, Nov 19, 2017 1:11

The former Children’s Centre at Angram bank is now operating as a ‘linked centre’ for the foreseeable future.

Towards the end of 2016, Sheffield City Council consulted on restructuring their Children’s Centre arrangements from sixteen to just seven Family Centres, with no explanation of what would happen to the remaining nine centres.

Liberal Democrats campaigned for the retention of Angram Bank Children’s Centre, questioning the plans at the City Council together with a successful motion at Ecclesfield Parish Council. As a result, Angram Bank has been retained as a Linked Centre and its activities currently continue as normal.

Mike Levery, local Lib Dem campaigner said, “I am very happy to see Angram Bank remain open. I received some truly heartfelt letters from residents who rely on Angram Bank and I would hate for the service to suffer due to political choices.”

The City Council stated, “The recommendations that we are putting forward reflect the concerns that were raised during consultation e.g. all previous centres that are not a main address are now a Linked Centre.” However, Angram Bank remains at risk. Throughout the consultation it was made clear that using other community facilities, including Doctors’ Surgeries was an option for delivering family services. We will continue to campaign to retain all children’s services at Angram Bank.

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