Applause as club is given reprieve

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THERE were cheers and applause as it was announced Calder Valley Club’s future has been secured until June.

Promises were also made to ensure negotiations between Calderdale Council and the club will continue.

The new head of Adults, Health and Social Care Bev Maybury, announced funding had been found to secure the club until the summer.

The 11 staff will be offered their jobs back, despite being handed redundancy notices just before Christmas.

Its closure was announced in December after trustees said it was no longer viable to run the charity, which looks after people with physical disabilities, while a consultation about the future contract was ongoing.

Mrs Maybury said: “We’re in the middle of a process of retendering for some of the day services and that will continue to go on. We will extend our contract agreement with the Calder Valley Club until the end of June.

“That gives us sufficient time to finish the tender of day services.”

Her announcement was met with relief and joy by the families, friends, clients and staff who had packed the club in Mytholmroyd.

Mrs Maybury said clients would each be met by social workers and their needs reassessed.

Under government proposals individuals will be given more control over their own personal budgets.

While some can choose a direct payment to spend their money as they wish, others can give the council the money to commission their preferred services.

One of the options which could ensure the club’s survival would be if those users who wanted to continue using the club, pooled their payments together.

Mrs Maybury said an agreement could be made between the council and service providers like the Calder Valley Club if the individual wanted to continue going there.

Mrs Maybury said: “We want people to understand that they don’t have to have all the hassle of managing their money but can have control over how it is used.

“I can assure you when I came into social work in 1979 it wasn’t to make it worse for people.

“This is a system we can use to customise things to how people want them.

“All along, as a council, we have wanted to work this out.

“I think we have got a realistic chance now for making it right for the future.” she said.

Mrs Maybury said she would hold monthly meetings with trustees to make sure the process continued with as little disruption as possible.

Clients burst into applause when the news was announced. They thanked Mrs Maybury and Coun Bob Metcalfe (Town, Labour) for attending the meeting.