Somer Valley Children's Centre supports launch online petition and Facebook campaign
Supporters of the Somer Valley Children's Centre services have launched an online petition and Facebook campaign against any cuts to the vital support for parents and children in the area.
Supporters and users of the services fear that the axe will fall as Bath and North East Somerset Council makes cuts to the budget for young people and children's services across the area.
The Early Years, Children and Youth Policy Development Scrutiny Panel meets on October 14 and parents are determined panel members should know the vital support given to the community through its children's centre services.
The Somer Valley Children Centre covers Peasedown St John, Radstock and Paulton as well as the Midsomer Norton area.
As well as providing support through its outreach workers the centre hosts other groups encouraging play and development.
Petition organiser Nettie Williams said councillors needed to understand how vital these types of services were for some families, particularly those who were struggling financially.
She said: "Early Years support for children and their parents is fundamental to their development. Reducing a crucial service like this takes away vital lifelines and reduces support, it means that those struggling may not have the opportunities to receive the support they need. The Somer Valley area covers large pockets of deprivation."
In a letter to the paper she said that she found it frustrating that such amazing support could be pulled at a time when a new family was at its most vulnerable.
The Facebook campaign can be found by searching for Supporters of Somer Valley Children's Centre.
To sign the petition visit www.change.org/en-GB/petitions /b-nes-council-no-to-cuts-for- somer-valley-children-s-centre-s- budget.