How can you get involved?
Become a local campaigner
There is a list of things you can do to support the campaign below. Please contact us if you’d like to get more involved.
Write a letter to your local councillor or MP
If you would like to, you can use this text (or download it as a Word file):
Dear [County Councillor Name]
Thank you for voting for £2m not be cut from the children’s centres budget on 16th February.
I am concerned about this money being taken away from children’s centres and transferred to the councils controversial new service for 0-19 year olds.
This new service was roundly rejected by 71% of consultation responders, including 68% of professional partners, i.e. social workers, health visitors, GPs, police and teachers.
To enable our children’s centres to continue their important preventative and developmental work please could you write to your Political Group Leader and the Children’s Services Portfolio Holder to request that this £2m is used for the purpose that it was intended, and ring-fenced for 5 years?
By writing you will be helping to protect and develop the thousands of children under 5 who currently use our children’s centres.
Many thanks for your time,
[Sender Name & Address]
Attend a campaign meeting
We have regular campaign meetings, which are publicised on Facebook and on the campaign website. They tend to take place in The Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford. All welcome, whether currently involved in campaigning or interested in getting involved. Children and breastfeeding welcome at all meetings.
Next meeting: Thursday 14th July.
Join us to Demonstrate
We have had many well-attended protests, for example outside Oxfordshire County Council’s County Hall.
We will be planning several events in the next month, before the budget decision on 24th May. Join our Facebook group or watch this space.
Engage with the Council Consultation Process
The County Councils consultation on the re-design of Early Intervention Services is now closed.
- Signed and shared our online petition?
- Put the key dates in your diary?
- Talked to your friends and family about the proposed plans?
- Written to your local councillors and MP? (You can find out who represents you on writetothem.com)
- Written to Council Leader Ian Hudspeth and Melinda Tilley, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Families?
- Checked out the Facebook page Save Oxfordshire’s Children’s Centres?
- Shared our Facebook page and posts with your friends?
- Put a campaign poster up in your window?
- Added your story to our website?
- Joined our email list?
- Gone along to show your support at your local children’s centre? Find out if there is a service user’s meeting at your local centre. If not, consider organising one? We can help with this.
- Helped collect petition signatures at your local community event using our downloadable petition?