Save Our Centre!
Camden Council has chosen to cut the majority of funding for essential services for vulnerable, older people in South Camden, which would lead to the closure of the Millman Street Resource Centre on 1st July 2011.
Lily Chitty, a 99 year old member who has attended Millman Street for nearly 30 years, responded to the devastating news saying: "Once staff take me home in the afternoon, I don't see anybody until the pick me up again the next morning. I just sit and stare at four walls - now that's what the Council wants me to do for the rest of my life."
Since 1980, the Millman Street Resource Centre has been a haven for older members of the community, particularly those who may lack other support and who can easily become isolated. In addition to providing essential support such as hot meals and personal care, this service has helped many members remain physically, mentally and socially active, and enabled people to remain independent in the community, thus materially reducing the pressure on critical needs services.
The centre currently has 150 members, all local, aged 55 to 99. Millman Street represents a lifeline and the closure of the centre will have a devastating impact on older people in Holborn and South Camden.
To watch a video showing what Millman Street means to our members: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8l0u0wT9mg
Crispin Burdett, Chair of Holborn Community Association, says: "We are opposing the closure of the Millman Street Centre as it would be a tragedy for some of our most vulnerable neighbours; we need a community response to demonstrate the importance of combating isolation and maintaining, wherever possible, all local residents in independent living."
We are asking Camden Council to reconsider closing Millman Street Resource Centre and to work with the Holborn Community Association to find an alternative funding agreement whereby some services for older people can be saved.
Now, more than ever, we need the support of our community. Please sign the petition to Camden Council and help save our centre!
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