Mint Street Adventure Playground - funding cuts

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Monday 7 December 2015 6.16pm
Southwark play service getting cut, mint st adventure playground Will be affected.
Loss of play staff reduced opening day and times.
Is mint st going to be the new battersea( go ape ) ?
Monday 7 December 2015 6.25pm
On Tuesday 4pm there is a lobby outside Southwark council tooley st.
Tuesday 8 December 2015 12.56pm
I've heard the play service is being cut, is anything known about the size of the shortfall? Jason and his team are needed for the kids around here. They are doing a sterling job and Mint Street is such an asset.
Tuesday 8 December 2015 8.09pm
A new £2 million building and then there cutting the opening hours, just don't make sense.
Tuesday 8 December 2015 8.52pm
Major funding cuts proposed by Southwark Council will be a devastating blow to our children & their future! Mint Street Adventure Playground is a life line... Have your say, email your local councillors.
Tuesday 8 December 2015 8.57pm
Perhaps you could link to some of the facts?

...if you press it, they will come.
Wednesday 9 December 2015 12.50pm
73% Cuts to Youth and PLAYservice!

Stop the destruction of youth services in Southwark!

Southwark Council plans to cut 73% of the youth service budget and effectively end council run youth services as we know them.

The council proposes to cut £2.5 million from the youth service budget leaving less than £1million to work with some of the most disadvantaged young people in London. 122 full and part time posts will be reduced to just 42 part time posts.

The council also plans to shut a number of its 8 youth centres. The cuts are to be made by April 2016 and the rest of the ‘service’ transferred to the Environment and Leisure department. This will de-professionalise and de-skill professional youth workers.

The council has reneged on its promise to protect frontline services. Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party leader, has said ‘austerity is a political choice’. Southwark must not abandon young people whilst sitting on millions of pounds of reserves which can be used to support the local community along with the fight to get more money from central government.

If the proposals go through then vulnerable young people will be left with no effective support and inadequate safeguarding - prey to dangerous elements on the streets.

Come along to the lobby! And we urge you to lobby other community related forums with young people and families to stop this destruction of the service!
Wednesday 9 December 2015 12.52pm
We would also lose experienced and specialist workers in the sector as the services would transfer to the Environment and Leisure department. This will de-professionalise and de-skill professional youth workers leaving little to no varied provision. They are planning to delete ALL 122 full and part time jobs and replacing them with 42 part time posts.

Southwark News report: 19.11.15
Richard Taylor, founder of the Damilola Taylor Centre after his ten-year-old son was killed on the Peckham estate, said this was no time to cut youth services as serious knife crime continued to blight the borough. “Bearing in mind the level of killing, stabbing and violence, this is not the right time. This is the wrong approach and a bad decision for the council.
Wednesday 9 December 2015 12.54pm
Southwark Trades Council will be campaigning with the local government unions and community to stop these cuts. We will be lobbying the Council Assembly and have asked for a deputation at the Cabinet on Wednesday 24th November. Please join us.

For more information contact Pat Shelley - Head of Youth and Play Services or southwark Unison:
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