Keep Thornliebank & Barrhead Resource Centres Open

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Calling on the East Renfrewshire Council to relent from closing one of only two learning disability resource centers available in the region.

East Renfrewshire Council claim the reason for closing one of the learning disability resource centers is to make a saving of £90,000 on cost of running and maintaining one of the buildings. However, both learning disability resource centers are nearly full and any future available spaces will be needed for children soon to leave special needs schools in East Renfrewshire.

East Renfrewshire Council are going to build two new schools, Barrhead High (£24 million) and a new primary in Newton Mearns (£13.6 million). The Scottish Government has agreed to provide £300,000 in funding for this project.

The level of funding available (£37.6 million) for these two new schools certainly calls into question a ruthless and discriminatory cut in funding of £90,000, only 0.2% in comparison.

Closure of one of these centers will not result in any saving as additional resources will be required in carers and transport, etc. Proposals were submitted to the council in February showing that savings in excess of £90,000 can be made but East Renfrewshire Council has not replied. A trust fund exists for the Barrhead Center solely for the use of center users and currently in excess of £200,000. 

East Renfrewshire Council report states; "Equalities information was collected from 93 people" however, this is not the consultation required for the number of service users, carers and employees at both centers under human rights law.

The Friends of Barrhead & Thornliebank Day Centers Carers group listed and submitted some of the reasons why they think the two day centers produce good outcomes for the disabled people who use them as well as for their families;

Day centers provide a base in a designated building with:
A reliable, consistent service in familiar surroundings; important for many service users.
A sense of ownership and belonging for the people who use the service.
A social meeting place for mutual support, sharing meals together and learning together for people with varying disabilities.
Aids and adaptations for people with various impairments e.g. people who need support with personal care (hoists etc.)
Regular familiar staff who are part of a structure and therefore trained, supervised and supported.
Is a place to be when time out or quiet time is needed (e.g. quiet places).
A sign in/sign out building, a safe place
Adult Protection policy and procedures in place e.g. staff are PVG checked.
Reassurance for families and carers that potentially vulnerable relatives are doing what they want to do with good support and care.
Accessible and supportive staff for families and carers if issues arise.

This valuable facility must not be lost, please help and sign.

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