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Foxgloves Will Remain Open

 

Friday 10th December 2010

 

The Council Executive, at its meeting on Wednesday evening, backed proposals for Foxgloves respite care home to remain open. The decision was made possible as Bedford Borough Council produced new plans for sustainable provision of respite care in the area following a successful consultation period.

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to work with the parents and the staff to find a way to keep Foxgloves open and continue to provide respite care there in a sustainable way. The purpose of publishing our budget proposals so early was to enable a genuine, open consultation with residents and service users about how best to achieve the savings required while protecting services. This is a fantastic example of the results of that process, with the families who use the facility sitting down with the Council and working together to find solutions.”

 

David Cavanagh (campaigning parent) said: “Thank you to the council for listening and responding to parents and families over this proposal, it is so encouraging to know that our work and effort, in caring for our children, is recognised for what it is and that you see the value of this vital service. Although, the biggest ‘thank you’ goes to all the parents, past, present and future, of children at Foxgloves, for your unwavering support and commitment towards this campaign and your unswerving belief that we would win this fight. It has been a real encouragement and inspiration to all of us, we encouraged and supported each other every step of the way, also to say thank you for caring, for caring for your child and caring about this service.”

 

Cllr David Sawyer, portfolio holder for Children’s Services, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “I am determined to maintain the dialogue that we have started with parents and other users of our services.  Now that parents know that we will listen and make changes, we will continue to listen and try and respond where necessary.  Our aim is continuously to try and improve our services within the financial envelope in which we are forced to work.  If we do this, we will achieve our strategic objective of providing the best possible services to vulnerable children and other users of children’s services.”

 

In November, Foxgloves was recognised by Ofsted to be an ‘Outstanding’ respite care home.

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