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Stop the Closure of Scope's Meldreth Manor and Orchard Manor Services.

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Meldreth Manor School and Orchard Manor Transition Service are Scope Charity run residential homes located on a 13.2 acre site in the village of Meldreth, South Cambridgeshire.

Meldreth Manor is a special school and children's home for disabled children with a range of impairments and learning disabilities aged 6-19 years. It also serves as a respite centre for disabled children. It was opened in 1968 and is today registered for up to 50 students. 

Orchard Manor is a residential transition service registered for 31 disabled adults aged 18-25 years, with a range of physical and health needs. It opened in 2005 to provide a valuable three year transitional service to help prepare young people for their adult life. It also offers day opportunities and most recently a respite service. 

The sites also benefits from one full-time physiotherapist each with access to a heated hydropool, and a full size trampoline with many support staff trained to use it at weekends and eveninings too.

Scope have given the reasons for making this proposal as:
- Commissioning patterns of local authorities
- Financial Viability
- Staff recruitment difficulties. 

We believe the main reason at the centre of this proposal is FUNDING. Funding that local authorities are constantly under pressure to reduce as much as they can. The price of a care package for an individual should not be below what is reasonable to support a disabled person to be independent, able to live long and learn to integrate into the community. 

If you have the correct funding in place for each individual, you would have the correct amount of staff ensuring staff are not under pressure meaning less staff-turnover. You would have enough money to provide all the services that a disabled person fundamentally requires on a day-to-day basis. If we didn't have the services we do in Meldreth, the young people would not be able to access it at an already stretched community health provider. 

Please do not let our young people suffer. With the right funding, we can make Meldreth site a bigger and better place for disabled people.



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