Hands off our Homes: “these homes are an important part of the community.”

In the third of our series of interviews with those affected by the proposed closure of Glen Lee and Holcroft House, Hands off our Homes asked residents and their families, members of the local community and employees, to tell us why they think these two council run facilities shouldn’t be closed and how shutting them down would impact their lives.

‘I believe these homes are an important part of the community. They are somewhere safe and comfortable for patients with this life destroying illness.’

‘The care and attention given by the staff cannot be underestimated and will be difficult to replicate. To move and upset the day to day world of these patients will be stressful and potentially damaging to them.’

‘Our residents wouldn’t be able to live alone without 24 hour care. We offer a vital service to our most vulnerable within the city, they should take priority.’

‘There are vulnerable adults, some with severe dementia, here at Holcroft and Glen Lee who need looking after. They need to be safe at all times and all the carers here are 100% dedicated.’

‘Not only do they (the staff) help the patients but also the families. It is run by brilliant staff.’

Hands off our Homes is a joint campaign between UNISON and Unite the union.

Please help by signing the online petition, and completing the council’s online consultation.

If you would like to get involved in the campaign or want more information, email UNISON Southampton District Branch on branchsecretary@unisonsouthampton.org.uk or Unite Southampton and West Hants Branch on mark.wood@unitetheunion.org

Alternatively, please call UNISON on 02380 832740 or Unite on 02380 834327.

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