Following discussions between Richmond Council, Achieving for Children and EnhanceAble, we are pleased to announce that EnhanceAble will continue to provide overnight short breaks from Croft Cottage for the next eighteen months.
Councillor Paul Hodgins (Strategic Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools in Richmond) and Robert Henderson (Director of Children’s Services for Richmond and Kingston, and Deputy Chief Executive at Achieving For Children) said:
The Council and Achieving for Children have listened to the concerns of parents about the impact on their children if Croft Cottage were to close without the planned new provision being in place, and without giving them more time to help their children transition to the new arrangements. We have taken those concerns on-board, and have therefore committed that Croft Cottage will remain open until new short break care facilities are opened at Moor Lane in Autumn 2018. The new facilities will be purpose-built in consultation with parents and will be available throughout the week, providing more flexibility to parents and children.
We will also take this additional time to engage further with our local parents about respite provision, exploring potential options that despite the Council's increasing financial constraints, could be made possible through parents, the Council, and voluntary groups working more closely together. We will work together on this as a priority next step.
Julie Hagarty, Chief Executive Officer at EnhanceAble, also said:
EnhanceAble are delighted that we will be remaining as providers at Croft Cottage for the coming 18 months. We are grateful to the parents, Achieving for Children and the Council for working together to achieve this outcome. We are very excited to be continuing our work and look forward to working collaboratively with Achieving For Children and parents to achieve the very best outcomes for the children and young people for whom we provide a service.