Save Norfolk's Unthank Centre

Submitted by Matthew on 9 February, 2011 - 2:52

Norwich AWL comrades joined the weekly Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts city centre stall on Saturday 4 February bringing with them representatives from the Save The Unthank Centre campaign.

The campaign has attracted nearly 1,000 signatures on its online petition. Norfolk County Council aims to close the unique family centre as part of their massive cuts to public services.

The Unthank Centre has a countywide remit working with families who have children aged 12 and under. These children are living with extremely difficult emotional and psychological problems, including abuse and neglect. A multi-disciplinary approach is offered in the Centre which operates within a secure and safe environment.

The Council wants to cut the workforce by 50% and close the unit — the remaining practitioners will work across Norfolk but with no dedicated bases and no colleagues immediately available for issues of referral.

Once again the Conservative-controlled administration has targeted the most vulnerable as it hacks into departmental budgets — isolating dedicated staff, impeding their professional practice and increasing workloads to an unsustainable level.

Sign the petition at http://bit.ly/dFeDXz