New Earswick and District Disabled Social Club shuts as cash runs out

York Press: Club for disabled shuts as cash runs out Club for disabled shuts as cash runs out

A SOCIAL club run for people with disabilities in York has closed its doors after more than three decades.

The New Earswick and District Disabled Social Club has been running for 36 years.

It has already held its last event at New Earswick bowls club – a Christmas meal.

Treasurer Jean Owston said funding cuts meant they were unable to pay for transport to get members to and from events.

Miss Owston said: “City of York Council told us in May that they were no longer able to provide us with funding because of Government cutbacks and we have lost about £5,500 a year.

“It works out at about £8 a person to bring them in a minibus and we can no longer afford to do it.

“Many of our members have age and illness-related disabilities so the club gave them a welcome opportunity to go out.

“We would like to thank the ladies and gentlemen of the committee for all their work over the years and all the helpers who have organised meals and trips, not to mention all the drivers who have given up their time, many often on a voluntary basis, to take people on outings.

“Over the years we have had musical evenings, slide shows, meals and days out to the seaside. I would also just like to say thank you for the flowers that were bought for me and the chairman, Joan Eastwood and presented at our last meeting.

“We are disappointed that we have had to close, but sadly, it’s a sign of the times.”

Latterly the club, which met regularly at Red Lodge in New Earswick, had 30 members.

But at one point it had between 50 and 60 members, and it draws people from across York including Acomb, Fulford and Strensall, as well as New Earswick.

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10:08am Mon 30 Dec 13

Levelhead says...

As a New Earswick based support club have they applied to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for some financial suport. I'm sure Joseph Rowntree would have wanted to support them.
As a New Earswick based support club have they applied to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for some financial suport. I'm sure Joseph Rowntree would have wanted to support them. Levelhead

12:32pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Zetkin says...

Slightly misleading headline - the money hasn't "run out" it's been taken away by the council implementing government cuts.
Slightly misleading headline - the money hasn't "run out" it's been taken away by the council implementing government cuts. Zetkin

1:09pm Mon 30 Dec 13

binsysmith says...

Don't mean to sound callous but why can't they pay for their own transport to the bowls club? I'm not understanding why you would expect the council to pay for it in the first place?
Don't mean to sound callous but why can't they pay for their own transport to the bowls club? I'm not understanding why you would expect the council to pay for it in the first place? binsysmith

3:55am Tue 31 Dec 13

anistasia says...

As a new earswick resident and disabled I've never knew about the club for disabled people.I know there is a fishing
Club and swimming club for disabled.and a bowling club in Huntington.how's it meant to keep going if people in the village don't know about it.
As a new earswick resident and disabled I've never knew about the club for disabled people.I know there is a fishing Club and swimming club for disabled.and a bowling club in Huntington.how's it meant to keep going if people in the village don't know about it. anistasia

8:30am Tue 31 Dec 13

Micklegate says...

Zetkin wrote:
Slightly misleading headline - the money hasn't "run out" it's been taken away by the council implementing government cuts.
This is a drop in the ocean in the council budget, it is choices Labour are making. It could have been found from a 3% cut in the Chief Executive's salary, or 5% of the money for the arts barge or removing one if the new allowances given to Labour councillors, or part if the new £70,000 salary for the new 'transformation director', or 1% of the money spent on 20mph zones. The list goes on and on.
[quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: Slightly misleading headline - the money hasn't "run out" it's been taken away by the council implementing government cuts.[/p][/quote]This is a drop in the ocean in the council budget, it is choices Labour are making. It could have been found from a 3% cut in the Chief Executive's salary, or 5% of the money for the arts barge or removing one if the new allowances given to Labour councillors, or part if the new £70,000 salary for the new 'transformation director', or 1% of the money spent on 20mph zones. The list goes on and on. Micklegate

9:57am Tue 31 Dec 13

Big Bad Wolf says...

binsysmith wrote:
Don't mean to sound callous but why can't they pay for their own transport to the bowls club? I'm not understanding why you would expect the council to pay for it in the first place?
I agree.
[quote][p][bold]binsysmith[/bold] wrote: Don't mean to sound callous but why can't they pay for their own transport to the bowls club? I'm not understanding why you would expect the council to pay for it in the first place?[/p][/quote]I agree. Big Bad Wolf

10:31am Tue 31 Dec 13

CaroleBaines says...

Real shame - such facilities are surely a very low cost way or providing much needed services. Cannot believe small monies cannot be found when money is wasted on Mayoral limos etc.

Not what Labour Councils should be about and whilst central government is making similarly insensitive cuts, well.....there is less excuse from so called Socialists. No choice these days - all parties the same.
Real shame - such facilities are surely a very low cost way or providing much needed services. Cannot believe small monies cannot be found when money is wasted on Mayoral limos etc. Not what Labour Councils should be about and whilst central government is making similarly insensitive cuts, well.....there is less excuse from so called Socialists. No choice these days - all parties the same. CaroleBaines

11:06am Tue 31 Dec 13

andyjon12 says...

It is an absolute disgrace that this club has been forced to close it doors due to a lack of social capital and funding from CYC; additionally, it seems that an apparent unwillingness to help or speak up for the disabled users of the club is also to blame. For example, surely the local practitioners in New Earswick could have put pressure on local politicians. In cases like this why is it that local GPs, social workers, mental health workers etc, aren't shouting from the rooftops to prevent closures like this?; these practitioners can equally be blamed - just as much as our inept and corrupt "Common Purpose" council. The benefits of these facilities to the community far outweigh the minimal costs of a few thousand quid per year.
It is an absolute disgrace that this club has been forced to close it doors due to a lack of social capital and funding from CYC; additionally, it seems that an apparent unwillingness to help or speak up for the disabled users of the club is also to blame. For example, surely the local practitioners in New Earswick could have put pressure on local politicians. In cases like this why is it that local GPs, social workers, mental health workers etc, aren't shouting from the rooftops to prevent closures like this?; these practitioners can equally be blamed - just as much as our inept and corrupt "Common Purpose" council. The benefits of these facilities to the community far outweigh the minimal costs of a few thousand quid per year. andyjon12

3:58am Wed 1 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Zetkin wrote:
Slightly misleading headline - the money hasn't "run out" it's been taken away by the council implementing government cuts.
Isn't this all part of Cameron's "big society" thing... whereby he takes away all the money so as to fund his banker friends, and then expects everybody else to do their roles for zero money??
[quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: Slightly misleading headline - the money hasn't "run out" it's been taken away by the council implementing government cuts.[/p][/quote]Isn't this all part of Cameron's "big society" thing... whereby he takes away all the money so as to fund his banker friends, and then expects everybody else to do their roles for zero money?? Magicman!

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