Millmead children’s home was opened in 2004 to help young people to prepare for life after care. In the home, young people aged 15½ – 17 can learn the skills they need to live on their own.
Young people leaving care are some of the most disadvantaged in the city. They are over-represented in the prison population and among the homeless and more likely to be unemployed.
Yet despite this, the council are determined to push on with their program of cuts. They want to shut the doors by March 31st.
We know that with the support of local people, staff and residents we can win a campaign to save the home, just like staff and parents at Charles House respite centre who won their recent campaign to stay open.
The council have given two reasons they want to close the home:
The council says the home is under capacity, having only 2 young people living there at the moment. But since autumn 2011 they have put a block on sending any young people to live at Millmead Road.
The council have said that subsidence repairs would be costly. But they have refused to pay for a full survey on what looks like a small crack in the wall.
Council representatives told a recent residents’ meeting the home would be used for students after March 31st, without the need to carrying out any repairs.
We believe that young people should not be thrown to the lions at 16, left to survive in hostels with no support.
Please help us save this valuable service for young people in Birmingham.
Save Millmead Road campaign
What you can do:
· Sign the petition and take a copy for your friends, neighbours and colleagues to sign.
· Get some leaflets for your street
· Write to the local MP Gisela Stuart (Labour)
· Join us in lobbying the Bartley Green councillors:
March 7th, 7:30pm at Long Nuke Hall, Long Nuke Road, Northfield
Get in touch with the joint campaign: 07828 013 091 firstname.lastname@example.org