Foxgloves children’s care home, Bedford MK40
Bedford Borough Council is planning to close Foxglove Children’s Home, the only service in the county that offers respite care to children and young people with learning and behavioural difficulties including autism, ADHD, epilepsy, and global development delay.
The home provides care for 8-18 year olds - both overnight care and day care, plus a weekly social club where children with learning difficulties can meet their friends and experience social and leisure opportunities they may not get otherwise.
Respite care can give parents and families of children with special needs a much needed break, without which the chance of families breaking down increases.
Bedford Borough Council claims that Foxgloves is ‘unsustainable’ and that closing the home will save £500k.
However, following campaigning by parents, the council has given ground; while it still plans to shut Foxgloves, it has said that it will continue to provide appropriate respite care for children who require overnight respite care.
- Further info: savefoxgloves.org.uk/
- Source: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-11325718
- Posted by: Chaminda Jayanetti at 5:19pm on 3 November 2010
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