1. DancesWithCats

    DancesWithCats Registered User

    Jan 18, 2015
    1
    Southport, Lancs
    Hello everyone! I wonder if any of you have any tips on how to prevent the local council trying to close the only Dementia Daycare in our area.My Dad was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2009 but has only recently started attending daycare 3 times a week. It is an invaluable resource but the council are talking of merging the service so it is no longer specific to dementia:eek: Obviously there's a lot more to it but any ideas would be greatly appreciated. We are onto local councillors/MPs/PM but totally out of my comfort zone
    Thanks
    Carol
     
  2. TinaT

    TinaT Registered User

    Sep 27, 2006
    7,095
    Bolton
    #2 TinaT, Jan 18, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2015
    The local council in my area decided to close my husband's council run care home. I spent many weeks that summer stood in shopping centres and in the town hall getting signatures on a petition. I got over 8,000 signatures in the four weeks I collected them which entitled me to speak at a council meeting in defence of the need to keep the home open.

    I also had some help from UNITE union who printed some of my petitions for me and spent some lunch hours helping me to get signatures. Two or three TP posters who lived nearby also gave me support and posting regularly on TP kept my spirits up with much support from forum members.

    UNITE also paid for a room in a town centre meeting place and I organised a meeting between people interested in keeping the home open, three local MP's and several local Councillors including the council leader.

    I went on local radio and local TV news programmes regularly to promote the cause and wrote letters to my local newspaper at least once a week to get support. I also sent e mails to every local councillor and attended a few local political party meetings

    By the time the local Councillors came to vote they decided that it was too 'hot a potato' and the care home remains open to this day.

    All this took place some four years ago. Good luck and I hope my post has persuaded you that if you get local opinion behind you, you can make an enormous difference to council decisions.

    xxTinaT
     
  3. may39

    may39 Registered User

    Dec 10, 2012
    8
    Just to add that my mum will also be badly affected by the decision to close the one and only dementia day centre in the whole of the area. We need to have more places like this not less. A campaign has been started to try to save it. If anyone would like to show their support it is on Facebook under the title " Friends of Brookdale ". Tina, your story was lovely, very inspiring. x
     

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