Save The Streatham Hub Children's Centre
Services offered by The Streatham Hub are under threat in Lambeth Labour’s restructuring of children's centres. More that 450 families a month currently use the centre with at least 175 children (from newborn to 4 years old) attending with their parents each week.
Five of Lambeth’s 23 children’s centres are set to close - with a further seven suffering drastic cuts.
The Streatham Hub, which is situated in the church building nest to the large Tesco in Streatham, is well used and easily accessible. It is open all day Monday to Friday with play, drop in, music, family, health and educational sessions in addition to offering work and community related advice.
With 97% of local under-fives registered at Streatham Hub, the essential services it provides are already over-subscribed.
Green Party councillors have found a way to maintain all 23 of Lambeth’s Children's Centres open and fully functioning; they propose that a small percentage of the extra money being pumped into the Councils reserves be kept back to continue investing in our children.
Parents are asking for this essential service to remain open in it's current form. Without The Streatham Hub local families will have no where to go. Lone parents, in particular, rely on the services offered to work, catch up on essential chores and shopping and to combat loneliness by socialising with other parents. Providing all parents with much needed respite from full time parenting and offering health advice and support.
Research shows that every pound spent on early years care and education reaps benefits later on in life. Closing children's centres and cutting services will have a detrimental effect on the most vulnerable members of our community and is a false economy.
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