Time is running out to back our day centre campaign

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TIME is running to back a campaign to save day centre services in Stamford and Bourne.

Lincolnshire County Council announced plans to close the Stamford Day Centre in Ryhall Road, Stamford and the Stamford and Bourne Learning Disability Services, in Abbey Road, Bourne earlier this year.

The centres provide key services for vulnerable people in the towns and surrounding areas. For many, a day at the centre is the only chance they get to leave home and socialise.

But the council wants to move all its care users onto the personal budget scheme, which lets them decide where to spend their publicly-funded care grant, and reduce its in-house care services as it looks to save money.

It says closing its own services would bring private providers and charities forward to give a better choice to care users.

The Mercury began the campaign which calls for the county council to drop its plans to close the two centres.

So far, about 450 people have signed coupons backing the campaign.

The 90-day consultation on the plans ends on Monday next week and we will be handing the coupons to the council.

To view the consultation visit the Lincolnshire County Council website.

The Mercury’s sister paper the Stamford Citizen contains a coupon on page 5 of today’s edition. Simply fill it in and send it to us to show your support for our campaign.