Some services remain at children’s village

Stand chief executive Dr Fiona Inkpen.
Fiona Inkpen
Some services will remain at Stand Children’s Services in Roxburgh, even though the village is closing  next Friday.

After 41 years of service to children in the South Island, the live-in service at the village will close.

But Stand chief executive Dr Fiona Inkpen said a small team would still operate from the offices, providing the intensive family wrap-around service in children’s homes.

The Otago-Southland operation would employ 10 people, based in Stand’s offices in the region — Roxburgh, Gore and Dunedin — but 27 people were affected by the Roxburgh village closure.

"There is no child or family that currently work with us that we’ve suddenly stopped working with — they’ll have part of the service but they won’t have the whole service," Dr Inkpen said.

"What we no longer have is the [live-in] trauma treatment option, so we will seek as best as we can to support children to grow and develop in other ways."

Families would leave the village on Friday, June 29.

Dr Inkpen said the pool at the village would still be available for community use.

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan said the recent "e-mob" campaign "hit a brick wall".

He said there was "no response whatsoever" from anyone in the Government.

"I had felt after our 25-minute conversation with the Prime Minister [20 days] before the e-mob that that was going to be the end of the road.

"I hate to be proven right on that one, but I was and that is bitterly disappointing."

Mr Cadogan described the replacement services as "replacing the fence at the top of the cliff with a piece of string".

tom.kitchin@odt.co.nz

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