PRESS RELEASE – Coventry City UNISON Launches campaign against Cuts to Children’s centres and Youth Services

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The City Council is considering a budget that proposes to cut finance to Children’s Centres, Youth programmes and Community Centres. City Centre First would see £5,000,000 cut in the next 3 years by “reviewing “ and “rationalising” Council Buildings:

18 Children Centres,
9 Youth Clubs
21 Community Centres

All fall within the focus of the proposal in respect of reduction in services.

The review of Children’s Centres in 2012 saw day care places cut and staffing reduced but remained a key part of the Councils Early Intervention and Prevention strategy to help families in need of extra support. Youth Clubs also experienced reduction in services last year.

UNISON strongly objects to the Councils view that earlier reductions to services were made “without having a fundamental impact on services delivered to the people of Coventry.” Vital sessions ranging from Dads groups, and “talk First” sessions to parenting groups are now at risk. UNISON will work with staff, service users and community groups to lobby the authority who prioritise buildings and businesses over people and services.

George Sands, UNISON convenor for the People Directorate, said

‘It doesn’t make sense to neglect these services, it is short sighted of the Council. I believe that they make a difference to peoples lives’’. The council should see these centres as the assets they are. The loss of these centres will impact upon essential early intervention and prevention, which is not just about focussing on “troubled families”. The impact will not be felt immediately but will have an effect on demand for expensive interventions later in a young person’s life’.
ENDS

Notes to editors

https://covunison.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/unison-coventry-city-local-government-branch-response-to-the-coventry-city-council-budgetary-council-proposals-for-2015.pdf

Contact details: George Sands 024 76521128, 07535526039 george.sands@unisoncoventry.co.uk

Save Our Libraries – Please display Our Flyer and sign the e-petition to Coventry City Council

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Flyer Save Our Libraries

Please see our Library Campaign Flyer via the link at the start of this message.

Please sign the e-petition to @coventrycc Coventry City Council to save our local libraries http://epetitions.coventry.gov.uk/2015/02/against-library-closure/

UNISON LEARNING REPS (ULR’s) at WHITLEY DEPOT

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Ever thought about becoming a WORKPLACE LEARNING REP
at Whitley depot? – You don’t have to have any qualifications or experience.

MIKE WILL BE IN THE CANTEEN ON:  3rd FEBRUARY FROM 1.30pm— 3.30pm

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS YOUR LEARNING OPTIONS OR HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT GET IN CONTACT TO ARRANGE A MEETING WITH US.

All you need is an enthusiasm for Education & Learning! – Paul and I will be there to help guide you. It’s your chance to be part of:  ‘UNISON—WHITLEY 2015’ – A brand new start for Whitley depot.

If you would like a confidential chat about what it involves get in contact with your ULR’s or your local UNISON steward.