Closing down?

Somerset County Council have certainly got financial challenges ahead of them. In an attempt to save money they are consulting with the public on closing down a range of parenting support groups. There are 39 of these around the country under threat. We will be including a full report in the Leveller, but in the meantime we thought you would be interested to see some details. Here is the list of activities SCC are thinking of stopping:

Mendip District

  • Bumps and Babes, Mission Church, Street
  • Bumps and Babes, the Key Centre in Frome
  • Bumps and Babes, Glastonbury Children’s Centre
  • Bumps and Babes, Salvation Army, Shepton Mallet
  • Bumps and Babes, the Vallis Community Rooms in Frome
  • Messy Play – Offered on an ad-hoc basis at various locations
  • PEEP, Glastonbury Children’s Centre
  • Stay, Play and Learn, the Vallis Community Rooms in Frome
  • Stay, Play and Learn, The Key Centre, Frome (Wednesdays)
  • Stay, Play and Learn, The Key Centre, Frome (Fridays)
  • Stay, Play and Learn, Glastonbury Children’s Centre

Sedgemoor

  • Bumps and Babes, Sydenham Children’s Centre in Sydenham
  • Stay, Play and Learn, Highbridge Children’s Centre in Highbridge
  • Stay, Play and Learn, Sunny Side Up Café in Hamp
  • Stay, Play and Learn, Sydenham Children’s Centre in Sydenham

South Somerset

  • Bumps and Babes, Chard Children’s Centre in Chard
  • Bumps and Babes, Reckleford Children’s Centre in Yeovil
  • PEEP, Chard Children’s Centre in Chard (Monday)
  • PEEP, Birchfield Children’s Centre in Yeovil
  • PEEP, Chard Children’s Centre in Chard (Tuesday)
  • PEEP, Reckleford Children’s Centre in Yeovil
  • Stay, Play and Learn, Chard Children’s Centre in Chard
  • Stay, Play and Learn, Oaklands Children’s Centre, Yeovil
  • Stay, Play and Learn, St Peter’s Hall, Yeovil
  • Stay, Play and Learn, Martock Church of England Primary School, Martock

Taunton Deane

  • Bumps and Babes, Hillside Children’s Centre in Priorswood
  • Bumps and Babes, Acorns Children’s Centre in Halcon
  • Bumps and Babes, Norton Fitzwarren Village Hall in Norton Fitzwarren
  • Drop in, Wellington Library, 16 Fore Street, Wellington
  • PEEP, Acorn’s Children’s Centre in Halcon.
  • Stay, Play and Learn, Acorn’s Children’s Centre in Halcon
  • Stay, Play and Learn, The Methodist Church in Wellington
  • Stay, Play and Learn, Wiveliscombe Community Hall, Wiveliscombe
  • Stay, Play and Learn, Hillside Children’s Centre in Priorswood

West Somerset

  • PEEP, Watchet Community Centre, Watchet
  • Stay, Play and Learn, Williton Children’s Centre, Williton
  • Stay, Play and Learn, Knights Templar School, Watchet
  • Stay, Play and Learn, Sainsbury Hall in Minehead
  • Stay, Play and Learn, Watchet Community Centre, Watchet

If you use any of the facilities above, then you might want to respond to the consultation. The decision is not yet made. Obviously the consultation is a prelude to closure. What happens next is up to you. As with the library consultation, if enough strong feeling comes back, SCC could change their mind.

The consultation, which ends on 31st December, is open to anyone who has an interest. Documents explaining the proposals in more detail can be found online www.somerset.gov.uk/getsetconsultation along with a questionnaire to complete to share your views.

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