Save Highgate Day Centre
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The Highgate Day Centre is a specialised service for Camden residents with severe and long-term mental health problems. They offer various therapies from individual and group psychotherapy to art, music & gardening. It's a real lifeline for us and the Council's proposed cuts are frankly terrifying - if they go ahead as proposed the annual budget would be cut in half, meaning that the centre would either have to reduce its staff team to 3 (from 7 at the moment) or reduce its opening to a few days a week.
NB PLEASE ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE, WORK OR STUDY IN THE LONDON BOROUGH OF CAMDEN as it is for submission to the borough council alongside a paper petition. Thank you.
We the undersigned:
1) petition Camden Council to reconsider the scale of the proposed £130 000 cut to the Highgate Day Centre’s annual budget, which currently stands at £270 000. This cut would force radical change on a service which saves vast sums of money to other Camden health and social care services by supporting members to avoid crises and live fuller lives as participants in the local community.
2) object in particular to, and petition the Council to reconsider, the following proposed changes:
a)closing or significantly reducing the associate membership scheme, which currently allows clients to stay in limited contact with the service after discharge. This provides a cheap and effective safety net for some of Camden’s most vulnerable residents, which is of huge therapeutic and financial value.
b)introducing financial contributions from clients, effectively asking for payment for a life-saving, NHS-administered service at the same time as cutting it to the bone.
3)wish to register publicly, and make the Council aware of, our immeasurable gratitude to the centre’s staff team, who remain an unwavering support to service users in the face of ever greater financial pressure and insecurity.
NB PLEASE ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE, WORK OR STUDY IN THE LONDON BOROUGH OF CAMDEN as it is for submission to the borough council alongside a paper petition.Thank you.
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