County council step in to ensure short break care continues
Gloucestershire County Council has stepped in to make sure that families still get the support they need, as independent charity, Hop, Skip and Jump (HSJ) go into administration.
Earlier this week (Monday 2 March), Quantuma were appointed as administrators to the national children’s charity, which provides respite care to children and young adults with disabilities and special needs, after they failed to recover from financial difficulties. The charity which ran five centres across the county provided support to 40 Gloucestershire families from its Cotswold Centre at Severn Springs in Cheltenham.
The county council is now working with the administrator to explore all of the possible options, which includes finding a new provider to take over the service, as well as talking to existing providers about how they might be able to support the children. To make sure care continues, the county council will fund the Cotswold centre until they have been able to find the best possible solution.
Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It’s sad that Hop, Skip and Jump centres across the country will close. We did everything we could to support the Cotswold centre with funding we give to Hop, Skip and Jump increasing year on year for the past three years – and an extra 17 families, with our support, choosing to access their services. The extra support we are providing means that our children and families will they continue to get the support they need.”
Parents and carers are being contacted directly to reassure them that the council is doing everything they can to support them.