Following Worcestershire County Council beginning a consultation process in regards to the closure of North Worcestershire’s RESPITE centre, Labour groups from across Worcestershire took to the streets with parents, carers and users of the service armed with petitions and flyers. Here are Vice-chair David Skidmore’s comments on the day of action in Kidderminster:

It was great that on Saturday, CLP members; Sam, Harrison, Liam, Maureen, Chris and myself were able to join members from Wyre Forest Labour, who together with families affected were campaigning against the closure of the Ludlow Road Respite Centre in Kidderminster. We spent the morning outside Kidderminster town hall, leafleting, talking to and collecting signatures against the closure from passers by.

This centre is absolutely necessary for these families, it provides care not currently available elsewhere for severely disabled young people, closing it will be devastating for them. Here is a quote from a mum:
“Taking Ludlow road away from my daughter will break her heart. It has taken some years for her to establish the trust and comfort of being away from home. The staff go above and beyond for each child there.”
This centre cares for young people from all over the county, amongst the families affected there were families from Bromsgrove, Rubery and Redditch. They need our help.

We have to stand up against these dreadful Tory policies, I challenge anyone meeting these families not to be enraged that Tory councillors can make these decisions. Closure of such a centre is not an option, any decent human being would ensure that whatever happens, a place such as this would remain.

Please sign the petition and contact this page if you would like to be more involved in the campaign:

https://www.change.org/p/worcestershire-county-council-save-ludlow-road-short-breaks-respite-centre

For more info:

http://www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/15829050.Petition_stall_against_closure_of_Kidderminster_respite_centre_is_hailed_a__success_/