Former children's home in Old Basing to be sold to raise money to build new homes

Basingstoke Gazette: Former children's home in Old Basing to be sold to raise money to build new homes Former children's home in Old Basing to be sold to raise money to build new homes

A FORMER children’s home in Old Basing is set to be sold to raise money to build four new homes.

Plans have been approved by Hampshire County Council to sell Crossways, in Milkingpen Lane along with two other homes, in New Milton and Hayling Island, which are both being used as children’s homes.

The sale is hoped to generate an estimated £2.6million, which will be used to create four new homes in Dibden Purlieu, Havant, Fareham and Andover, as part of the council’s plans to transform children’s homes in the county.

Two other homes in Winchester and Chandler’s Ford will be demolished and rebuilt on the same sites, as four-bed homes.

Both The Mead, in Odiham, and Cypress Lodge, in Winchester Road, Basingstoke, will be retained as they are.

Councillor Keith Mans, executive lead member for children’s services, approved the plans on Tuesday at a decision day meeting.

The new houses will bring the council’s children’s homes up to eight, to accommodate 33 of the 1,130 children in the council’s care.

Each house will be home to four children and include accommodation for the staff looking after them.

Cypress Lodge, which has four bedrooms, was said in a report prepared for Cllr Mans, to demonstrate “the significantly better outcomes achieved by children in a four-bedded environment.”

The aim is to set up a standard of care on a par with that experienced in a family home.

The homes being sold or demolished are considered either too large or lacking the right sort of homely environment for children, and some are isolated from local services and amenities.

In drawing up the proposals, extensive consultation was undertaken involving both staff and children, and designs of the new homes will take into account features the children identified as being important, such as having a front door, garden and fireplace.

Councillor Mans said: “Children in care are among the most vulnerable in any community and we regard their care as one of our most important responsibilities. The physical environment in which a child lives has a direct influence on their self-esteem and confidence.”

He added: “It will be important to ensure that the homes will be comfortable places to live and that the children will feel safe, secure and happy.”

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11:21pm Fri 23 May 14

Jo Walke says...

OMG!!
Did I just read this right? 33 out of over 1000 children??!

Its not the places.....its the people you staff them with. I stress that I'm not 'up' on this topic but, like elder care, I dont feel we should loose the places we have - that we can make better.
I'm disgusted that councils seem out to make a quick buck!!
OMG!! Did I just read this right? 33 out of over 1000 children??! Its not the places.....its the people you staff them with. I stress that I'm not 'up' on this topic but, like elder care, I dont feel we should loose the places we have - that we can make better. I'm disgusted that councils seem out to make a quick buck!! Jo Walke
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12:33pm Tue 27 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

Jo Walke wrote:
OMG!!
Did I just read this right? 33 out of over 1000 children??!

Its not the places.....its the people you staff them with. I stress that I'm not 'up' on this topic but, like elder care, I dont feel we should loose the places we have - that we can make better.
I'm disgusted that councils seem out to make a quick buck!!
You are right, you are not 'up' on this. The places in the homes that are being 'lost' are currently empty as they are not suitable. If you have a look at the one in Old Basing you would know - it looks like something from a Dickens novel.
As for the rest of the children they are in foster care or similar. And believe me the correct foster care is always more preferable than a children's home no matter how new it is.
Why don't you find out more about the things you object to before you object to them?
[quote][p][bold]Jo Walke[/bold] wrote: OMG!! Did I just read this right? 33 out of over 1000 children??! Its not the places.....its the people you staff them with. I stress that I'm not 'up' on this topic but, like elder care, I dont feel we should loose the places we have - that we can make better. I'm disgusted that councils seem out to make a quick buck!![/p][/quote]You are right, you are not 'up' on this. The places in the homes that are being 'lost' are currently empty as they are not suitable. If you have a look at the one in Old Basing you would know - it looks like something from a Dickens novel. As for the rest of the children they are in foster care or similar. And believe me the correct foster care is always more preferable than a children's home no matter how new it is. Why don't you find out more about the things you object to before you object to them? JJ38JJ
  • Score: 1

2:53pm Thu 29 May 14

Happy2010 says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
Jo Walke wrote:
OMG!!
Did I just read this right? 33 out of over 1000 children??!

Its not the places.....its the people you staff them with. I stress that I'm not 'up' on this topic but, like elder care, I dont feel we should loose the places we have - that we can make better.
I'm disgusted that councils seem out to make a quick buck!!
You are right, you are not 'up' on this. The places in the homes that are being 'lost' are currently empty as they are not suitable. If you have a look at the one in Old Basing you would know - it looks like something from a Dickens novel.
As for the rest of the children they are in foster care or similar. And believe me the correct foster care is always more preferable than a children's home no matter how new it is.
Why don't you find out more about the things you object to before you object to them?
You are also not up on this either, I completely disagree with the comment that a foster family is better than a children's home, that is not true. Some children can't function well in a family environment, how would it be possible when they are just not used to a loving family environment. Some just can't cope in a foster family. These children actually thrive in a children's home and need a structured plan and consistency. Children's homes are still needed and do very well to support those children who actually prefer living in a children's home. Children's homes aren't what they used to be. Children's home can be very caring, supportive and educational environments. I should know I have worked in one.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jo Walke[/bold] wrote: OMG!! Did I just read this right? 33 out of over 1000 children??! Its not the places.....its the people you staff them with. I stress that I'm not 'up' on this topic but, like elder care, I dont feel we should loose the places we have - that we can make better. I'm disgusted that councils seem out to make a quick buck!![/p][/quote]You are right, you are not 'up' on this. The places in the homes that are being 'lost' are currently empty as they are not suitable. If you have a look at the one in Old Basing you would know - it looks like something from a Dickens novel. As for the rest of the children they are in foster care or similar. And believe me the correct foster care is always more preferable than a children's home no matter how new it is. Why don't you find out more about the things you object to before you object to them?[/p][/quote]You are also not up on this either, I completely disagree with the comment that a foster family is better than a children's home, that is not true. Some children can't function well in a family environment, how would it be possible when they are just not used to a loving family environment. Some just can't cope in a foster family. These children actually thrive in a children's home and need a structured plan and consistency. Children's homes are still needed and do very well to support those children who actually prefer living in a children's home. Children's homes aren't what they used to be. Children's home can be very caring, supportive and educational environments. I should know I have worked in one. Happy2010
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