Disability charity closes Newbury Park centre as council picks up short breaks services

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 May 2018

Norwood's Newbury Park centre is set to close in September. Picture: Andrew Matthews

Norwood's Newbury Park centre is set to close in September. Picture: Andrew Matthews

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A Newbury Park centre offering short breaks services children and young people with disabilities is set to close - its services to be replaced by Redbridge Council.

Around 90 families in the borough depend on the services provided by the Norwood Centre, which operates from the South West Essex Reform Synagogue, in Oaks Lane.

The charity’s contract with the council to provide short breaks to children with special needs was due to end on March 31.

But last week it released a joint statement with council announcing that “despite the difficult financial climate, services delivered by Norwood from the Norwood Centre will continue until September 1”.

After September, the council’s new short breaks services will commence, replacing those commissioned from Norwood, and all services at the Norwood Centre will cease.

They added: “This is reassuring news in the short term for children and families who were concerned about the immediate future of these services.

“Redbridge council will continue to meet its obligations under the Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 through the current and newly commissioned short breaks provision commencing 1st September 2018.”

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