Watford Mencap Children’s Centre features on BBC Breakfast

On Friday 21st of January, Watford Mencap Children’s Centre hit the national spotlight when it was featured on BBC Breakfast. Children’s Centre manager Ro Linton gathered at 6am with parents and children that use the service, to discuss funding cuts and how these will affect the centre and those that use it. The clip above shows one of three parts featured on the BBC.


Watford Mencap Children’s Centre has already had funding cut by Hertfordshire County Council for its popular Saturday Club and as a result the service ended at the end of 2010. The Saturday Club provided parents with 6 hours of crucial respite a month. Please see http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/8806168.Children_s_charity_welcomes_BBC_for_Breakfast/ for a full report by the Watford Observer.


The Children’s Centre was featured in response to a story featuring a lady who had asked social services to place her severally disabled daughter into care, because she could not cope with the lack of support and respite. The Children’s Centre aims to provide some of this crucial and much needed respite to parents of children with a learning disability in the Watford area.

Watford Mencap would like to thank  BBC Breakfast TV for highlighting the needs of disabled children and their families.

Posted on Monday, 24th January 2011