June 15, 2011
seeks to help threatened Burnham-On-Sea disabled group
MP Tessa Munt has met members of a threatened disabled users group
Over 60s Disabled Group, which meets at the town's Baptist
Church every Monday, offers essential support services to disabled
people in the area and is run
by social services.
Financial support from Somerset County Council is soon to be removed
and the group feels volunteers will not be sufficiently qualified
to run the session on their own.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "For many of the elderly who meet
here each Monday, this is the only trip out each week."
"We shouldnt underestimate the importance of social
services support for people who may need extra help with
their daily lives."
"This is another example of a vital lifeline
service to the elderly and less able being withdrawn due to over-excessive
cuts at Somerset County Council. I urge the County Councillors
to reconsider their decision and explore ways of maintaining this
and other groups under threat."
"The County Councillors are looking at the costs
and they can save a little money by withdrawing the qualified
workers. But the members really enjoy their weekly outing and
this Group appreciates the expertise and help the support workers