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Stirling Road Day Centre W3

Location: UK » London » W
Sector: Disability


Stirling Road Centre is a council-run day service based in Acton, meeting the needs of adults with a moderate learning disability along wih associated pastoral, health, social & communication needs. It has provided such much needed day services to users for over 30 years and many of the users have been attending for 20 years or more. It provides a very wide range of services, which include sport and leisure, health promotion, community based projects, work-based training and travel assistance.

The service is provided to promote and support learning disabled people to become more independent and access their community through community-based projects and involvement.

Ealing council plans to close the centre by May 2013 and direct users to have ‘personal budgets’ with which to obtain their own services in the community. The building will be sold to make budget savings as a result of govt cuts to the council budget resulting in the need to make savings of £85 M.

Users will lose friendships with other users & staff that stretch back more than 20 years, will have less involvement in the community (there really are not many services that provide for them - contrary to what the council might say) and will end up most likely stuck indoors with often elderly parents (who will lose their daily ‘respite’ from constant caring over decades).
The savings made from the planned closure will result in a saving of a paltry £200, 000.

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