Thursday, 28 February 2013

Campaign Update

What do you want? What could be better? Fill out a survey
Thank you to everyone so far who has filled out a survey. Please click on http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NJS3QGK and spend 2 minutes giving us your views about what you want your future Playclub to be like and if you can offer any expertise or labour to help achieve it. The survey will close end of March in order to get as many user or potential users ideas as possible. Please get your family and carers to complete even if they don't use at the moment as we want to know what times would be best for the Playclub to open in the future so any provision is built around the community's priorities.
You can complete a paper copy of the survey at Saturday's meeting and they will be widely available through volunteers over the coming month. If support you could take some surveys to your local toddler or baby group for completion, please email us back.

Public Meeting, Saturday 2 March 1030-1130, St Catherines Church, Kitto Rd
Please attend to receive a full update on the Playclub, details on offers so far and express your ideas or concerns in person.
Children very welcome and we will try and find some toys to entertain them.
Thanks to Reverend Sheridan James for giving us use of the church for this meeting.

Community Offer Update
Tonight, members of the Campaign Team met with Council Officers, Children's Society and Cabinet Member Cllr Joan Millbank to discuss putting together a Community Offer to run Telegraph Hill Playclub. The Officers are going to research further questions we all have so that a 'business plan' can then be produced which can be put to Mayor and Cabinet in the future. We hope to meet with other individuals involved who have already put together draft plans to try and produce a proposal which is user driven and secures a sustainable, high quality future for our Playclub which does not charge at the point of entry. The Council are going to facilitate these discussions.
We are also meeting with interested community based organisations to see if they can provide a governance structure and access to a charitable status to enable the representative community running of the provision

Interested Organisations and Individuals
If you are interested in helping set up a community run Playclub with an offer to volunteer or have an idea to use the Playclub out of hours to generate income or use for a activity please get in touch so all these ideas can be presented to the Council. We need the community's enthusiasm to make this work.

Council News

The full council voted yesterday for up to an additional year of funding for all Playclubs when they agreed the Mayor and Cabinet's cuts budget decided 2 weeks ago which included £21m cuts and a 1.5% council tax rise. See newsshopper summary of meeting for more information

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