Plan to cut children’s centre services by £1m - have your say in Wisbech or Murrow

The Oasis Centre, in Wisbech.

The Oasis Centre, in Wisbech. - Credit: Archant

Two venues in the Fens will host drop in sessions for parents to discuss plans to redesign chidren’s centres across Cambridgeshire to svae £1m of tax payers’ money.

The Oasis Centre in Wisbech and a centre in Murrow are among a series of drop ins on proposals about Cambridgeshire’s Children’s Centre Services.

A spokesman said the wide ranging plans will continue to offer support to families of all ages, from expectant parents to young adults.

The proposed new services will be more flexible and tailored for each community, delivered in places they know or already use, and in doing so, the council will make savings of £1 million.

Cllr Simon Bywater, chairman of the Children and Young People Committee, said: “We have a wide ranging set of proposals for child and family services and would encourage everyone to take part in our consultation.

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“We need to make sure we get this right for communities and want to hear from local people.

“Please take a few minutes to answer the short survey or if you have any questions please come along to one of our drop-in sessions to find out more.”

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The local drop ins are:

• Wednesday 23 August from 1-3pm at the Oasis Children’s Centre, St Michael’s Avenue, Wisbech.

• Wednesday August 30 from 2-4pm at Murrow CC, Murrow Bank.

• Tuesday September from 5-7pm at Sutton CC, The Brook, Sutton.

The proposals will see children’s centres work more closely with parents and health professionals to provide a set of integrated services that seamlessly support communities, the council said.

This service could include health visitors, midwifery and speech therapists.

Consultation ends on September 22.

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