Consultation (closed)

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The Children’s centre services consultation is now closed.

All responses will now be considered and used to inform Devon County Council’s decision making process. When the final proposals on the countywide model are available they will be published on this website.

 

Below you will find the general comments left on this page during the consultation.

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  1. Bovey Tracey Town Council |

    Please do not remove this essential resource for Heathfield. In rural Devon, there is lack of community centres and these children’s centres are a place where families with young children can go and avoid living in isolation. It is not just disadvantaged families who use these centres, many middle class families use them too!

    Bovey Tracey Town Council is particularly concerned with regard to Devon County Council’s (DCC) proposal contained in the consultation document, which indicates that Children Centres located adjacent to schools may well close and be relocated elsewhere, which may not prove easily accessible to families who use these important facilities within this catchment area.

    If there is a possibility of the closure of the Children’s Centre at Heathfield, in addition to the proposed cuts to Devon Youth Service provision in Heathfield, this will leave some of the most vulnerable people within our community with no support. Children are not meant to be brought up in isolation in nuclear families. Children’s Centres provide a social opportunity for young children and mothers, to support each other and enjoy a safe space for their children to play. These centres are a great asset in our communities.

  2. Lucia |

    Please keep the choldren’s centres open, they are much needed. Also, the links on the website for the feedback form and questionaire are not working, which makes it dificult to give our views!

  3. Crediton Town Council |

    One again, insufficient information has been provided to enable the Town Council to comment on the proposals.

  4. Frankie Eriksson |

    Please do not cut this essential resource for our communities. In rural Devon, we don’t have community centers and these children’s centers are a place where families with young children can go and avoid living in isolation. It is not just disadvantaged families who use these centers, many middle class families use them too! What has our society come to when we can’t provide communal buildings and resources for young children? What is our council tax being spent on, if not on these essential provisions?
    Cutting family centers, especially when you are also cutting youth services will leave some of the most vulnerable people in our communities with no support. Where will young mothers go for support?? Why are you seeking to isolate parents further?? Children are not meant to be brought up in isolation in nuclear families. Children’s centers provide a social opportunity for young children and mother’s who can support each other and enjoy a safe space for their children to play. These centers are a great asset in our communities. Quality of life in Devon will diminish for everyone if these centers are closed down.
    We need to provide basic services for the babies, children and young people in our society. If you need to save money, please look at cutting some of the huge wage packets in Devon County Council where people are taking home 100k and more per year. Look at cutting some of the bureaucracy in the council. But please do not cut these essential services for families. These cuts are shortsighted and will create more, costly problems in the future. We need to protect these resources!

  5. Natalie Marcus |

    Not sure about ‘others’ providing services other than the Childrens Service, likely 2 result in major confusion on many levels resulting in poor outcomes i.e not accessing therefire potential isolation & even falling into the ‘targetted family zone’…..

  6. Odette Fouche |

    What a stupid idea to cut down on our centres we live in such a remote part of Devon and without the centres in towns that we are able to access what interaction will our kids have. They learn play and make friends at already crowded sessions so this will become even worse if things change. Keep our centres open.

  7. Dr Niall MacLeod |

    I am a GP at the Heavitree Practice in Exeter and over the last two years I have been networking locally and nationally looking at the Transformational Change that is needed in Primary Care and in provision of Health and Wellbeing generally.
    Children are our future and I feel very strongly that supporting young parents, their children and adolescents is vital to developing a healthy society.

    With burgeoning elderly a lot of attention is rightly going to improve services to keep the elderly active and healthy in their communities. However, I believe to create a healthy and happy society we need to build at the ground roots up.
    Sadly family, child and youth services are being cut at a time when they are needed more than ever.

    I am trying to develop an Integrated Coordinated healthy Living Strategy across Exeter and indeed Devon, shifting emphasis and funding away from the expensive medical model, to a community self help, prevention and wellbeing strategy.
    Working with children’s services and developing them is, in my opinion, core to the future development of preventative healthcare, and more emphasis is needed on community support and developing health and wellbeing at the community and grassroots level.

    I am very keen to be involved with the Children’s Services Review. Unfortunately I cannot make the narrow 10-12noon consultation meeting at Exeter City Football Ground on Thursday 1st May. I already have surgeries booked and cannot cancel them.

    I have networked with many groups and individuals over the last two years but so far have not identified who are the main players to talk with regarding children’s services.

    I am very keen to be involved in the process. All groups need to work together to make any future changes effective. I work at the coal face of general practice which is currently on its knees with excess demand. The system needs to change and Transformational Change is needed. I would be very keen to meet up with your policy makers to help move things forward. There appears to be little coordinated planning here- certainly little dialogue with general practice.

  8. Vicky chastey |

    I am a member of the Okehampton children’s centre and as a first time mum i dread to think where I would be withouth the support of the staff and of the friends I have made at the clubs and groups held,
    My daughter and I went to the baby massage which we really enjoyed and still do now.
    We religiously go to the baby group held on a Wednesday in okehampton where Scarlett plays and interacts with other children whilst I can ask any questions I have to the group leader or other mums.
    I would like to think if I have any more children the facilities will still be there.
    Please keep this fab system up and running for the benefit of me and other mums and children!!