Friday, 24 November 2017

Day centre for disabled could be forced to close by cuts

A CENTRE for people with autism and learning disabilities in Henley could shut under the proposed cuts.

The Henley Day Service, which is based at the former Trinity Primary School premises at Normanstead, off Greys Hill, runs a range of activities and support groups in partnership with other charities.

It is open five days a week and also encourages users to pursue therapeutic activities such as sport, horse riding and hydrotherapy or to study at The Henley College. The county council has suggested closing it along with 14 other learning disability centres and seven “health and wellbeing centres” for older people with more advanced needs, the nearest of which is in Wallingford.

All of these services could be amalgamated into eight “hubs”, including one at Wallingford and another at Didcot. Alternatively, they could be offered at public spaces such as leisure centres and libraries with a smaller number of services at four “hubs”, including one at Didcot.

The council says: “However the community support service is delivered, it will provide a range of flexible options to suit different people’s needs.

“It will promote people’s independence, enabling them to live well in their communities and taking part in a wide range of available opportunities.”

The council would continue to fund its OxForward service, which provides health and employment advice to people with physical and mental disabilities, at a cost of £500,000 a year. It also plans to retain its dementia support service, which provides information to allow people with dementia to stay in their own homes for as long as possible.

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