Wednesday, 19 November 2014

More On The Plan To CLOSE Carlton Road Day Service

Ealing Council To Shut Day Centre by May 2015

What will happen to Ealing's most vulnerable?

 
Carlton Road Day Centre is a day service located in Carlton Road (W4 5DY), on the borders of Acton and Chiswick.
 
It serves more than 30 users with profound and multiple learning disabilities and a complex diagnosis (many who also have epilepsy and are wheelchair users with little or no mobility) with a full day care service, giving them the chance to undertake a variety of therapeutic and physical activities as well as providing a suitable space to socialise and spend time with friends and peers outside of the home environment.
It also allows the phenomenally hard working parents & carers a little time (and respite) from the rigours of day to day caring for a learning and physically disabled son or daughter, thereby preserving their health and wellbeing and allowing them as parents to care for their offspring for longer and for the better in the long term; (thereby saving the state the expense).
 
Carlton Road provides therapies such as Physiotherapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance Therapy as well as daily physio programs specifically designed for each user and using the specialised equipment the building houses. It works alongside the excellent PACE charity that provides twice weekly specialised disability sports sessions within the centre specially designed for those with a profound learning disability.
As the users are so very disabled, it is fully fitted out with hoists and changing areas for suitable and dignified toileting which is undertaken by an experienced, longstanding and professional staff team, all who are now facing redundancy. The staff team also have strong advocacy skills for their users and review, report and monitor users regularly and liase with health teams and families to ensure the users are given the best chances in life and retain their dignity and independence at all times.
 
Ealing Council, facing a huge budget cut from central government has decided that the centre will close in May 2015, before which each user will be re - assessed and parents & carers handed an individual budget to themselves provide for their son or daughters care. Parents & carers will be 'signposted' towards what Ealing Council regards as suitable alternatives to the Carlton Road day service. These services are mainly no existent within the borough for people of such a profound level of disability. It is all very rushed and poorly thought out.
Hindsight clearly shows through feedback from previous closures (i.e. Stirling Road Day Service in 2013) that parents and carers strongly feel the alternative services the council opted for are poorly provided and unsuitable; many former users from Stirling Road are unhappy and now receive poor quality and/or unsuitable day care services and also receive less time in day care.
 
The only conclusion is that Ealing Council is abandoning the users of Carlton Road, the most vulnerable people in our borough to save money - a one off saving of £180 K will be saved by axing the 17 staff and the sale of the site to a suitable developer will be worth several million.
 
If Ealing Council were a little more creative in their thinking they could provide a suitable alternative building for this group of users (and staff) to continue the service, perhaps tied in with one of the many new developments in the borough and pride itself on the fact that they would be willing to go 'the extra mile' for those most in need.
 
Are Ealing's most vulnerable individuals to be sacrificed because of the Council officers lack of creative thinking? The answer so far seems to be yes...
 

November 11th 2014:

Ealing Council Announces Enormous Council Service Cuts For This Year

Day Services To Go

Services affected:

Carlton Road Day Centre (Profound Learning Disability Day Service)

Planned to close May 2015

Elm Lodge/Sycamore Lodge (Dementia Day Services)

Planned to close and users to use another centre

Solace (daily out-of-hours drop-in centre for adults with mental illness) to close

MORE TO COME...

Saturday, 9 February 2013

SAVE OUR DAY CENTRE'S: Protest & Lobby of Ealing Town Hall 14.2.13 5.45pm
 
No If's - No Buts- No Disabilty Cuts!
 
 
Following Ealing Council's lamentable decision to go ahead with the closure plans for Stirling Road & Learning Curve day services for the learning disabled at a cabinet meeting on January 22nd the opposition parties immediately launched a 'call in' referring the closure plans to the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
This will be debated by councillors at a meeting (which is open to the public) on Thursday, 14th February, 2013 in Committee Room 3, Ealing Town Hall at 7pm.
 
Please join us to protest and lobby your elected councillors and try and stop this cold attack on our most vulnerable.
 
You might wish to bear this spending by Ealing Council in mind...
Ealing's List of shame
  • Ealing Council spent £6.3 Million pounds of taxpayers money employing consultants & interim staff April 2011 - April 2012
  • Ealing Council is spending £5.5 Million on another car park in Southall (with a loan that will cost £500, 000 a year to service)
  • Ealing Council spent £3.6 Million on a new Council wide computer system & £1
    Million on new desks
    (apparently the old one's were too long!)

If as a taxpayer you feel agrieved at such ludicrous spending please make it known.

LINKS
You can still express your'e anger at how services are being decimated locally. You can write to your councillor, MP, the local newspaper or national media.

Here are some local links to help you:

You can email your protests directly to Cllr Jasbir Anand, portfolio holder for Adult & Children Social Services
here at
jasbir.anand@ealing.gov.uk

You can also email Stephen Day who is the director of Adult
Social Services
days@ealing.gov.uk or even give him a call on 020 8825 9315

Martin Smith is the Chief Executive of Ealing Council, (and doing well on £180k a year!) - he has two email's with which you can contact him on
smithm@ealing.gov.uk or chiefexecutive@ealing.gov.uk

Gary Malcom is the Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Ealing Council malcomg@ealing.gov.uk

Harvey Rose is another Lib Dem who has been positively involved with Day Centre issues before roseh@ealing.gov.uk

Jason Stacey is the opposition Conservative leader jason.stacey@ealing.gov.uk

Greg Stafford is the opposition Conservative spokesman for Adult & Children Social Services gregory.stafford@ealing.gov.uk

Mark Reen was opposition Conservative spokesman for Adult & Children Social Services in the previous administration mark.reen@ealing.gov.uk

Angie Bray is the Conservative MP for Ealing Central & Acton angie.bray.mp@parliament.uk

Virendra Sharma is the Labour MP for Ealing Southall constituency sharmav@parliament.uk

Steve Pound is the genial MP for the neighbouring constituency of Ealing Northstevepoundmp@parliament.uk



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Ealing Learning Disability Partnership Board is a group charged with defending the rights of service users in the borough and ensuring they get good services. You can fill out a contact form with your concerns about proposed closures at:http://www.openupealing.net/form.aspx?page=12846

The contact email for The Ealing Gazette is at:
http://www.ealinggazette.co.uk/site-map/contact-us-ealing-gazette/

The contact email for The Ealing Times is at:
http://www.ealingtimes.co.uk/contact_us/



 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

No If's - No Buts- No Disabilty Cuts! - Next Public Meeting JANUARY 14th - Ealing Town Hall - 7pm


Public Meeting
JANUARY 14th - Ealing Town Hall - 7pm
The next public meeting of the SAVE THE DAY CENTRE'S campaign will be at 7pm on January 14th at Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, Ealing, London, W5 2BY (click link for directions)
Speakers will include:
  • Users of Stirling Road & Learning Curve Day Centre's and parents & carers of users.
  • Peter Purton (TUC National Disability Policy Officer).
  • Eve Turner ( Ealing Trades Council & Disability Welfare
    Benefits Specialist).
  • Speaker from DPAC (Disabled People Against The Cuts), a campaigning organisation highlighting the terrible effects of cuts on disabled people.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
No If's - No Buts- No Disabilty Cuts!
 

Saturday, 5 January 2013

No If's - No Buts- No Disabilty Cuts! - Next Public Meeting JANUARY 14th - Ealing Town Hall - 7pm

Public Meeting
 
JANUARY 14th - Ealing Town Hall - 7pm
 
The next public meeting of the SAVE THE DAY CENTRE'S campaign will be at 7pm on January 14th at Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, Ealing, London, W5 2BY (click link for directions)


 
Speakers will include:
  • Users of Stirling Road & Learning Curve Day Centre's and parents & carers of users.
  • Peter Purton (TUC National Disability Policy Officer).
  • Eve Turner ( Ealing Trades Council & Disability Welfare
    Benefits Specialist).
  • Speaker from DPAC (Disabled People Against The Cuts), a campaigning organisation highlighting the terrible effects of cuts on disabled people.
No If's - No Buts- No Disabilty Cuts!
 




Ealing's List of shame
  • Ealing Council spent £6.3 Million pounds of taxpayers money employing consultants & interim staff April 2011 - April 2012
  • Ealing Council is spending £5.5 Million on another car park in Southall (with a loan that will cost £500, 000 a year to service)
  • Ealing Council spent £3.6 Million on a new Council wide computer system & £1
    Million on new desks
    (apparently the old one's were too long!)

If as a taxpayer you feel agrieved at such ludicrous spending please make it known.



LINKS
 
You can still express your'e anger at how services are being decimated locally. You can write to your councillor, MP, the local newspaper or national media.

Here are some local links to help you:

You can email your protests directly to Cllr Jasbir Anand, portfolio holder for Adult & Children Social Services
here at
jasbir.anand@ealing.gov.uk

You can also email Stephen Day who is the director of Adult
Social Services
days@ealing.gov.uk or even give him a call on 020 8825 9315

Martin Smith is the Chief Executive of Ealing Council, (and doing well on £180k a year!) - he has two email's with which you can contact him on
smithm@ealing.gov.uk or chiefexecutive@ealing.gov.uk

Gary Malcom is the Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Ealing Council malcomg@ealing.gov.uk

Harvey Rose is another Lib Dem who has been positively involved with Day Centre issues before roseh@ealing.gov.uk

Jason Stacey is the opposition Conservative leader jason.stacey@ealing.gov.uk

Greg Stafford is the opposition Conservative spokesman for Adult & Children Social Services gregory.stafford@ealing.gov.uk

Mark Reen was opposition Conservative spokesman for Adult & Children Social Services in the previous administration mark.reen@ealing.gov.uk

Angie Bray is the Conservative MP for Ealing Central & Acton angie.bray.mp@parliament.uk

Virendra Sharma is the Labour MP for Ealing Southall constituency sharmav@parliament.uk

Steve Pound is the genial MP for the neighbouring constituency of Ealing Northstevepoundmp@parliament.uk

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Ealing Learning Disability Partnership Board is a group charged with defending the rights of service users in the borough and ensuring they get good services. You can fill out a contact form with your concerns about proposed closures at:http://www.openupealing.net/form.aspx?page=12846

The contact email for The Ealing Gazette is at:
http://www.ealinggazette.co.uk/site-map/contact-us-ealing-gazette/

The contact email for The Ealing Times is at:
http://www.ealingtimes.co.uk/contact_us/


 

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

December 11th & Ealing Council's List Of Shameful Spending

11.12.12: Parents, carers, supporters & Unison members lobby Ealing Councillors & Protest against plans to close 2 Day centre's for the Learning Disabled

 
 
Parents, carers, supporters & trade unionists stood on the steps of Ealing Town Hall on the chilly evening of the 11th December to lobby Ealing Councillor's attending Town Hall meetings (particularly the ruling Labour group) and protest strongly against the deeply unpleasant attack on the day service's of the Ealing learning disability community. Ealing Council has made proposals to close two day centre's (Stirling Road & Learning Curve - both in Acton) that provide vital day opportunities to those with a learning disability. Leaflets outlining the plans were handed to passers by with much support gained that has strengthened public opposition in the locality to this cruel attack on our most vulnerable residents.
 
 
 
'Ealing's Forgotten'
 
Ealing has said repeatedly that it has provided alternatives in the area as part of a currently running consultation with parents, carers and users of the two centre's. It is plain that in reality this is simply untrue and the council is decieving the public. There are no services that even go near to providing the two invaluable services that the two day centre's have given to the Ealing learning disability community for more than 30 years. It is very likely that users will end up, if the closure's go ahead in May 2013, with very little; if any contact with longstanding friendship groupings and the outside world at large. They are likely to become Ealing's 'forgotten' community , stuck inside their homes with elderly carers struggling to care for them.
 
Taxpayers Money Wasted
 
This is a sad indictment of the lack of real creative thought that the council has shown in making the savings it is being forced to make following the coalition government's slashing of it's annual budget. Yet it still feels it is neccessary to spend ludicrous amounts of the taxpayers money employing consultants and interim staff, building car parks, updating computer systems and purchasing desks for it's Perceval House HQ.
 
Surely the needs of the most vulnerable are more important.
 
Priorities Ealing Labour ?
 
Ealing's List of shame
 
  • Ealing Council spent £6.3 Million pounds of taxpayers money employing consultants & interim staff April 2011 - April 2012
  • Ealing Council is spending £5.5 Million on another car park in Southall (with a loan that will cost £500, 000 a year to service)
  • Ealing Council spent £3.6 Million on a new Council wide computer system & £1
    Million on new desks
    (apparently the old one's were too long!)

If as a taxpayer you feel agrieved at such ludicrous spending please make it known.

LINKS

You can still express your'e anger at how services are being decimated locally. You can write to your councillor, MP, the local newspaper or national media.

Here are some local links to help you:

You can email your protests directly to Cllr Jasbir Anand, portfolio holder for Adult & Children Social Services
here at
jasbir.anand@ealing.gov.uk

You can also email Stephen Day who is the director of Adult
Social Services
days@ealing.gov.uk or even give him a call on 020 8825 9315

Martin Smith is the Chief Executive of Ealing Council, (and doing well on £180k a year!) - he has two email's with which you can contact him on
smithm@ealing.gov.uk or chiefexecutive@ealing.gov.uk

Gary Malcom is the Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Ealing Council malcomg@ealing.gov.uk

Harvey Rose is another Lib Dem who has been positively involved with Day Centre issues before roseh@ealing.gov.uk

Jason Stacey is the opposition Conservative leader jason.stacey@ealing.gov.uk

Greg Stafford is the opposition Conservative spokesman for Adult & Children Social Services gregory.stafford@ealing.gov.uk

Mark Reen was opposition Conservative spokesman for Adult & Children Social Services in the previous administration mark.reen@ealing.gov.uk

Angie Bray is the Conservative MP for Ealing Central & Acton angie.bray.mp@parliament.uk

Virendra Sharma is the Labour MP for Ealing Southall constituency sharmav@parliament.uk

Steve Pound is the genial MP for the neighbouring constituency of Ealing Northstevepoundmp@parliament.uk

The Ealing Learning Disability Partnership Board

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is a group charged with defending the rights of service users in the borough and ensuring they get good services. You can fill out a contact form with your concerns about proposed closures at:http://www.openupealing.net/form.aspx?page=12846

The contact email for The Ealing Gazette is at:
http://www.ealinggazette.co.uk/site-map/contact-us-ealing-gazette/

The contact email for The Ealing Times is at:
http://www.ealingtimes.co.uk/contact_us/
 
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Monday, 10 December 2012

Stirling Rd & Learning Curve Day Centre's Closure Proposals: Latest News
 
Please join us on Tuesday 11th December to protest against these cruel proposals and lobby councillors about it.

At a public meeting in Acton last week parents, carers and the local community heard moving speeches and testimonies regarding the closure proposals and what could happen to vulnerable learning disabled people if these valuable day services for adults with learning disabilities if they are closed. The centres will close in May 2013 if the proposals are endorsed by councillors.
 
One parent (in tears), told how difficult it been for her child and how he had been taunted in mainstream education and how he had progressed enormously and gained qualifications that will enable him to gainfully find work soon under the guiding hand of of Learning Curve.
Another parent (who's 45 yr old child attends Stirling Rd Centre) worried that her child would be lonely and depressed and miss her friends when Stirling Rd closes - she has attended the day centre for almost 25 yrs.
 
"In the consultation they say, 'Oh, but there is all these other things for your child to do' But it's not true - there is nothing"
 
A further public meeting will be held in due course.
 
LINKS
 
You can still express your'e anger at how services are being decimated locally. You can write to your councillor, MP, the local newspaper or national media.

Here are some local links to help you:

You can email your protests directly to Cllr Jasbir Anand, portfolio holder for Adult & Children Social Services
here at
jasbir.anand@ealing.gov.uk

You can also email Stephen Day who is the director of Adult
Social Services
days@ealing.gov.uk or even give him a call on 020 8825 9315

Martin Smith is the Chief Executive of Ealing Council, (and doing well on £180k a year!) - he has two email's with which you can contact him on
smithm@ealing.gov.uk or chiefexecutive@ealing.gov.uk

Gary Malcom is the Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Ealing Council malcomg@ealing.gov.uk

Harvey Rose is another Lib Dem who has been positively involved with Day Centre issues before roseh@ealing.gov.uk

Jason Stacey is the opposition Conservative leader jason.stacey@ealing.gov.uk

Greg Stafford is the opposition Conservative spokesman for Adult & Children Social Services gregory.stafford@ealing.gov.uk

Mark Reen was opposition Conservative spokesman for Adult & Children Social Services in the previous administration mark.reen@ealing.gov.uk

Angie Bray is the Conservative MP for Ealing Central & Acton angie.bray.mp@parliament.uk

Virendra Sharma is the Labour MP for Ealing Southall constituency sharmav@parliament.uk

Steve Pound is the genial MP for the neighbouring constituency of Ealing Northstevepoundmp@parliament.uk

The Ealing Learning Disability Partnership Board
Back to Home page


is a group charged with defending the rights of service users in the borough and ensuring they get good services. You can fill out a contact form with your concerns about proposed closures at:
http://www.openupealing.net/form.aspx?page=12846

The contact email for The Ealing Gazette is at:
http://www.ealinggazette.co.uk/site-map/contact-us-ealing-gazette/

The contact email for The Ealing Times is at:
http://www.ealingtimes.co.uk/contact_us/