‘Now we’ll need 40 carers instead of 10’

Calder Valley Club, Mytholmroyd.
Calder Valley Club, Mytholmroyd.

SICKENING – that’s the verdict of people affected by the closure of the Calder Valley Club.

Doug Jones is blind and had used the club, based on Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, four times a week.

He says the news just days before Christmas that staff were being made redundant and the service would be forced to change left him sick to his stomach.

“It was disgusting. How could they be so stupid?”

He says the knock-on means the actual number of carers – and the cost – will now escalate.

“They’re going to need a carer for everybody in the club. That’s four or five times the amount of people already there.”

He said instead of the 11 staff who arranged outing and made food, carers will now need to go to each individual at their homes.

“They’re going to need 40 people instead of 10.”

One option being suggested to clients is to use Scope instead, but Doug has been told they would not pick clients up directly from their homes.

His only way of getting there would be by taxi and then rely on the driver to walk him to the door.

He is sending a letter to David Cameron to make the Prime Minister aware of their plight.

“Everybody just can’t see the point. If they have to have the people people come in to do our lunches every day. It’s just common sense. Say some of us want to out, which the club used to arrange, we’ll have to do that on our own.”

The Trustees announced in December the club could not continue to operate in its current format. The staff were handed their redundancy notices and blamed the council for delaying payments and for not issuing new contracts in time.

A statement from the Trustees says: “It is the intention of the trustees to explore that will be needed to support vulnerable people in the future and how best it can do this.”

The council said it was the club’s choice not to continue to operate but they would assist clients.