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Summit on changes to children’s centre
Published 30/06/14

A MEETING will be held to discuss the Rainbow Children’s Centre in Henley.

It follows a review of the service carried out by Action for Children, the charity which runs the centre on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council.

The review was criticised by campaigners who claimed that the loss of experienced staff could harm the service run from the d:two centre in Market Place.

Councillor Pam Phillips told a meeting of the town council: “I understand that five experienced staff have been made redundant because they don’t have a driving licence and it wishes to pool its staff and deploy them in the various centres.

“I am really distressed about this. The information is that there will be no continuous staff in each centre so it will be impossible to get the best from the children’s centres.”

Town and county councillor David Nimmo Smith said a meeting between the town and county councils and Action for Children would be arranged.

He added: “It will not look at what has happened but how we are looking forward. It is a change of emphasis in all the centres, not just Henley. I think that’s where the cars come in.”

The Henley centre used to be run by youth and community group Nomad, which is also based at the d:two centre, but its contract expired last year and the council awarded a new two-year contract to Action for Children.

The charity says the staff changes will result in a better service as more time will be donated to front-line work with vulnerable families.

It will pool its staff but the overall number will not be reduced and hours of front-line work will increase from 135 hours a week to 172.

The county council asked the charity to increase the reach of the services.

Published 30/06/14

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