Fincham day centre’s bid to fight off budget cuts

Aspires Centre at Fincham'Smiling through are service users and staff, who are concerned about possible cuts to transport funding.'(Jackie Murphy (Managing Director) is at the back 4th from left) ANL-150902-144830009
Aspires Centre at Fincham'Smiling through are service users and staff, who are concerned about possible cuts to transport funding.'(Jackie Murphy (Managing Director) is at the back 4th from left) ANL-150902-144830009
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Parents are appealing for help in fighting off a Norfolk County Council proposal to cut transport allowances for vulnerable adults.

Staff and friends of Aspires Day Centre have launched a campaign against a Norfolk County Council proposal to cut allowances by £1.8 million over three years.

Aspires, a professional packing company, provides valuable work experience and social activities for 45 individuals with disabilities.

People travel from as far as Hunstanton and Swaffham to the popular Fincham base. Users travel to Aspires via a minibus or in private cars with volunteers drivers.

But if the county council decides to go ahead with the proposal, individuals could be forced to use day centre services closer to their homes.

Jackie Murphy, who is the managing director and founded Aspires 18 years ago, has already lost two people as a result of this.

She is now hoping readers will help fight off the budget cuts by contacting county councillors ahead of a crunch meeting on Monday.

She said: “This could be devastating. If people lose their places, Aspires becomes non-viable.

“We appreciate that the council has huge costs and has to recoup some of that, but for the small amount they will save it will cause a lot of pain and upset.

“We are asking people to email their councillor. If they get lots of emails they may stop and think a little more.”

Aspires carries out packing for Guy-Raymond and Southgate Packaging, both in Lynn, as well as for other companies.

People who go along to Aspire pack items in the morning and then have free time in the afternoon with social activities.

All the money which is earned from the contract work carried out is shared among the workers for activities such as day trips, parties, treats and meals out.

Aspires is working with people aged from 18 to 73 and one has been going along for 18 years.

A total of 31 people, including parents, Aspires, Mencap and West Norfolk Disability Service, attended a meeting last week to discuss the proposal.

Mrs Murphy said: “The council is asking for parents to bring their children in but not everyone lives with their parents and not all parents are capable to drive them. These people could lose their placements.”

If you would like to support the campaign email jackie@aspires.ltd.co.uk who can provide a list of email address of relevant councillors.