March to say ‘no’ to Sure Start mergers

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PARENTS will be marching through Fareham town centre tomorrow to protest against proposals to cut the number of children’s centres in Hampshire from 81 to 53.

Organiser Becci Frost, 24, says she is furious about the county council’s plans to merge centres and tender them out, area by area, to a single provider.

Miss Frost, 24, who has been using Oak Meadow children’s centre for the past 18 months, said: ‘I hope the turnout is big so that we raise more awareness about the proposals.

‘My son Zac is autistic and he is having the best care possible thanks to Oak Meadow, which is proposed to merge with Merry-Go-Round centre.

‘Before I started going to the centre I was completely lost and didn’t even know what special provision there was available for my son. I’m not exaggerating when I say Oak Meadow is like a second home to me and my family, and I owe my life to them.’

Miss Frost will be handing out Save Our Children’s Centres (SOCC) Hampshire petitions which can also be downloaded from socchampshire.co.uk.