Father concerned loss of Barnardo's support service will have an affect on daughter
THIS family is concerned about the impact the closure of a support service will have on their disabled daughter.
Dad Carl Robertson, 29, of Wintringham Road, Grimsby, said the key worker service which is provided by Barnardo's had been a safety net for his family when he needed it most.
But the vital support for him and his daughter Amelia, who suffers from Global Development Delay is due to cease at the end of the month following cutbacks by North East Lincolnshire Council.
The authority is having to make savings of £58-million due to a reduction in Government support, as reported.
Little Amelia is four, but has the mental age of an infant and cannot talk.
She also suffers from hypermobile joints which means her limbs can be twisted around her body and cannot walk as well as a healthy child of her age.
Barnardo's key workers have helped the family, providing lifts to and from school, hospital and GP appointments.
The popular Humberston Park Special School pupil has struck a bond with her carers over the past two years, which meant that when Carl struggled due to a health problem, and meant all his teeth had to be extracted, Amelia was able to carry on her life as normal.
Carl said: "It has been a big help. I have had problems with my health physically and mentally and Barnardo's were able to help us get around.
"They took us themselves. It is that practical help that makes all the difference. You build up a trust that you need in a working relationship. But at the end of the month it is all gone and no one knows what will come after that. We have been promised a service, but no one knows where the money is coming from the pay for it.
"Our concern is that there will be no support service."
He said that would create strains on his family because he needs to get his daughter to her GP at Freshney Green, which can take an hour by bus.
He said: "That will have a financial impact on us."
The dad said he will be meeting Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell to find out what will be happening from April 1.
There are 70 families in North East Lincolnshire benefiting from the care given by Barnardo's.
Amelia's mother, Hayley Lancaster, 25 said : "Barnardo's staff will be losing their jobs. We know of at least four who will be going. It is going to have a big impact because she is used to someone coming round once a week to make sure she is healthy."