Posts Tagged ‘One O’Clock Clubs’

We now have confirmation for the times for the “consultations” regarding privatisation of the One O’Clock clubs. They are

 

Site name

Address

Date / time

Ward

Windmill

Blenheim Gardens, SW2

Monday 9th July

2.00 – 3.00

Brixton Hill

Larkhall

Priory Court, Off Lansdowne Way, SW8 2PR

Tuesday 10th July

2.00 – 3.00

Larkhall

Vauxhall Park

Fentiman Road, SW8 1LA

Wednesday 11th July 2.00 – 3.00

Oval

Slade Gardens

Robsart Street, SW9 0BU

Thursday 12th July

2.00 – 3.00

Vassall

Norwood Park

Salters Hill, SE27 1EA

Friday 13th July

2.00 – 3.00

Gipsy Hill

Brockwell Park

Arlingford Road, SW2 2TA

Monday 16th July

2.00 – 3.00

Herne Hill

Mulberry Centre (Myatts Field)

12A Calais Street, SE5

Tuesday 17th July

2.00 – 3.00

Vassall

Clapham Common

Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE

Wednesday 18th July

2.00 – 3.00

Clapham Common

 

 

Please come to argue against privatisation and for the council the run the clubs as a public service. Anyone who lives, works or studies in Lambeth can attend, you do not need to have children.

If you’re thinking of going please email us so we can put you in touch with other activists.

A leaflet on what the council is proposing can be downloaded here. Hard copies can be collected from the UNISON office 6a Acre Lane, opposite the town hall, between 10am and 12 noon most days.

Please help us save the One O’Clock clubs

Lambeth council cut £12 million from youth services this year. This has meant:

  • The almost total destruction of the in-house Adventure Playground
    Services
  • Severe cut backs in opening hours in One O’clock Clubs
  • Mass sackings of dedicated children’s services staff

They mean to cut £13 million more in the coming year. I confess it makes my stomach hurt to think about how our demo on Saturday fits into our history and our present circumstances.

Croydon riots

A society that believes in its own future cares for its youth, nurtures its youth, provides for its youth.

Our government is turning its back on our future.

Even in the face of riots we are watching the destruction of desperately needed services and the sacking of those who have dedicated their lives to our youth, at the very time we need to be building and improving them, at the very time when quality jobs are most desperately needed.

Massing in the square with us was a ‘march for black justice, black unity and against deaths in custody and state brutality’ called by the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM). It underlined the point that there are two paths down which a government can choose to tread, that of caring for youth, or that of repression and incarceration. Who chose to move towards the second? But we have. Prison populations in the UK have hit record highs, and it is vital that we recognise the deep racism inherent in our system made so visible in the racial breakdown of arrests and convictions. In march, Met officers were asked to explain why Blacks were the victims of tasering at such a higher rate (50% of recorded taserings, though about 2% of the population). Since then more black men have died in police custody, joining a list of 3,180 people who have died since 1969.  These are two sides of the same campaign and we need to combine and fight for both: to stop rising incarceration and repression, and to preserve and expand our youth services.

So we fight now, but there are not enough of us. The rally was lovely I thought, especially the One O’clock Club choir! But I could not disagree with the disappointment expressed by one of the One O’Clock Club workers. She asked just where were the parents and the children who use their services, now that we must fight to keep them? Now is the time to think about what we do next, how we do it better, how we can build a movement large enough to shape our own future.

As Labour Party councillor Kingsley Abrams has said “We have to stand up and fight the Condem cuts. It wasn’t the young people that caused the economic crises – it was the bankers. Yet youth unemployment has risen to nearly 1million, the EMA cut, tuition fees tripled and local Councils are closing down youth centres and adventure playgrounds. Oppose all cuts and fight for the alternative.”

We are now facing the myriad of cuts as they come through thick and fast, devastating everything we have fought for and built over the years. The community meeting was the first step in fighting the cuts to youth services.

Everyone in that room on Tuesday night said things far more powerfully and beautifully that I could do. Here are some of the highlights I jotted down (and apologies for sketchy notes and no pictures!). I felt immensely proud to be part of this community as I sat and listened:

“It’s so cynical how the council is running things down, they know young people can’t fight back and can’t vote. The council is saying they are protecting front-line services but they are not at all protected. We are not open tonight, we might not be open tomorrow night.”

“The kids at Max Roach are a family, they stick by each other. This will break down this family, the spirit and unity of the community. As a single parent my son doesn’t have a male role model, but black role models are exactly what the centre provides, they make sure our sons have something to aspire to. If people don’t stand up and fight together nothing will change, and things will just get worse.”

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