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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 June 2018

Wrenford centre: Stop heartless Tory cuts

Save the Wrenford Centre, photo by Don't Cut Us Out West Sussex Campaign

Save the Wrenford Centre, photo by Don't Cut Us Out West Sussex Campaign   (Click to enlarge)

Sarah Welch, Portsmouth Socialist Party

Heartless Tory-run West Sussex county council is proposing to close the much-needed Wrenford Centre in Chichester.

Wrenford is a purpose-built centre for people with learning difficulties. My 19-year-old son Matthew uses the centre and it's absolutely fantastic, with amazing facilities.

The council says that the users can instead go to two other day centres - but these are for people with dementia and don't have the same specialist facilities.

Some Wrenford centre users are in their 40s or 50s and have been going to the centre, which opened in 1972, for 20 years or more. Many of them have no relatives to advocate for them.

The council is trying to rush this decision through in July and carry out the closure in April 2019.

We're completely devastated by the plans. But we've started a campaign to stop them.

Support us through our Facebook page at facebook.com/dontcutusout and email protests to amandajupp@westsussex.gov.uk.

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