Fears over Ollerton centre’s future

Future service users of the White Water Day Centre in Ollerton, and their parents and carers, are disappointed with the proposals by Nottinghamshire County Council to close it down.
Future service users of the White Water Day Centre in Ollerton, and their parents and carers, are disappointed with the proposals by Nottinghamshire County Council to close it down.
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Worried parents are fearing for the future of a much-used service which faces being axed by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Services for the former Whitewater Day Centre in Ollerton look set be lost as part of the council’s desparate plans to bridge £154 million in its shortfall.

And while it provides services for adults with learning disabilities, parents of youngsters in the area with special needs fear they will be left with no services for when their children are older.

Joanna Goodall (28) from Ollerton has a nine-year-old son, Tommy, who has a rare chromosome disorder and needs round-the-clock care, and she says there will be few services left when he is old enough to leave the special school he attends.

She said: “If they are shutting them now, what will it be like in 10 years’ time?”

“There’s an awful lot of people use that centre, they come from all overr and I know and I can think of 10 children of Tommy’s age that would use it.

“We’re not going to get the respite we need and allows us to go out to work, our children are going to be fully dependent on us.

“It’s not just respite care that it provides, but it gives them that independence.

“I’m really angry about it because you feel like you have to fight for everything.”

Formerly known as the Whitewater Day Centre, it is now known as the Boughton base of Newark and Sherwood Day Service.

It is currently open to people with physical disabilities, older people and people with learning disabilities.

It runs regular activities including exercise sessions, rebound therapy using a trampoline, drama, sensory room, cooking and independent living classes.

Coun Muriel Weisz, of Nottinghamshire County Council, said two consultations have been held in Ollerton already, adding: “Our aim in all this is not to cease any service without being sure that there are alternatives.

“It could mean, however, that some people may have to travel further to gain from a service that meets their needs.

“We understand there are concerns about the impact that this proposal will have on service users.”