Monday, 30 November 2009

Save Our Crèche Campaign - Demo on 17 December 2009

We're holding a demo outside the City Chambers, on the High Street between 09.30 and 10.30 on Thursday 17th December to lobby councillors arriving for the final full council meeting of the year - we believe our elected representatives should pressurise Edinburgh Leisure into dropping its crèche closure plans. Come and join us.

If you can, please contact your councillors, MSPs and MPs and ask them to contact Edinburgh Leisure and urge them to reverse the crèche closure policy via this link.

We have two petitions - an online petition and a paper petition. Please sign the online petition and use the paper one wherever you go!

And there's now a Facebook group for people to discuss ideas - it's called Save Edinburgh Leisure Creches. Come and join us on Facebook

Save Our Crèche Campaign Reignited

Last Tuesday, Edinburgh Leisure announced its plans to close its remaining crèches in the capital. The crèches at Ainslie Park, Drumbrae, Gracemount and Portobello are to shut, due to lack of funding, in March 2010 unless an alternative provider can be found. We fear one crèche, at Ainslie Park, may not reopen after Christmas.

Closure will have a huge negative impact on the lives of many families in the city, never mind on the dedicated staff who'll lose their jobs. The service currently provided is excellent. Its loss would be a terrible blow for the parents/carers and children who use the crèches. If people can't access health and fitness services they are less able to look after themselves, and the children they care for. The impact mentally and physically could be immense on individuals and increase pressure on the health service at a time when all political parties say they accept the need (and indeed actively lobby) for better health services - what use are Leisure Centres a significant section of the community cannot access?

Coverage of the decision has already begun – see the BBC News site here.

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