Stoke-on-Trent City Council Children’s Services have announced 6 consultation events where service users can go and have their say on the proposed changes & cuts to the service.
There will be 2 sessions on each of 3 dates with each of the three events being organised to cover a geographical area of the city. Event details are
Stoke Central Locality
Monday 20 June – 10:00 -11:30 and 6:00pm-7:30pm Kings Hall, Stoke-on-Trent
For users of The Hope children’s centre, Thomas Boughey children’s centre, Kingsland children’s centre, Penkhull children’s centre.
Stoke South Locality
Monday 27 June – 10:00-11:30 and 6:00pm-7:30pm Kings Hall, Stoke-on-Trent
For users of The Crescent children’s centre, The Grange children’s centre, Treehouse children’s centre, Westfield children’s centre, Fenton chidlren’s centre, Blurton children’s centre, Trentford children’s centre
Stoke North Locality
Tuesday 28 June – 12:00-1:30pm and 6:00pm-7:30pm Port Vale FC, Burslem
For users of Stoke North children’s centre, Tunstall children’s centre, Ball Green & Norton children’s centre, Burslem children’s centre, Milton & Baddeley Green children’s centre.
All of the events are ticket only, service users who wish to attend one of the consultation events are being asked to pick a ticket up from the children’s centre that they use.
We have previously made the decision to cut Children’s Centres budget by £2.5m in 2011/2012 council budget. We are now moving forward holding these consultation events to hear what the users of this service have to say about reshaping the services across the city. We want to know their views and suggestions on how best to provide services with the reduced resources now available.
Without knowing what is important to parents who use the centres we cannot reshape them for the best solution to best fit their needs but within the limited resources available.
I would encourage any parent who uses the children centres service to go to their local centre and find out when their event is and get a ticket to come and talk to us.
Sources have told Pits n Pots that the decision to make the events ticket only was taken to remove any opportunity for for parents or campaign groups such as SOCC to demonstrate or cause any trouble during the consultation events.