Updated statement on WVICC services
23 June 2015
Previously the Council has issued statements advising that we had become aware that some services for children and families at the Western Vale Integrated Children’s Centre in Llantwit are likely to close.
A meeting took place on Wednesday 17 June between officers of the Diocese of Llandaff Board of Social Responsibility, which manages WVICC and St Illtyd’s nursery, and representatives of the Council to discuss the future of the services provided.
At the meeting it was confirmed that the Llandaff Board of Social Responsibility (BSR), will cease trading from the end of the summer term 2015 and will surrender the lease for the whole site to the Council on 30th September 2015.
This will enable the wide range of services which currently use the building to continue and will give the Council time to consider how best to manage the building into the future. St Illtyd’s nursery will close on 17 July. Further opportunities are being arranged on Wednesday 24 June and Thursday 2 July for parents of children who attend the day nursery to discuss with a Council officer a range of possible alternative childcare options.
The Board of Social Responsibility and the Council will work closely to ensure a smooth transition for service users at the end of the lease.
Cllr Chris Elmore, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and School said “We know that this has been an anxious time for everyone associated with the Integrated Children’s Centre in Llantwit Major. I am pleased that we have been able to secure continued access to the building for the wide range of users in the months ahead. This will enable the wide range of services which use the building, such as the Sunshine Club and Little Dragons, to continue and will give the Council time to consider how best to manage the building and how best to ensure its continued use for a range of childcare services from September 30.”
The Ven Philip Morris, Archdeacon of Margam, added, “The Board of Social Responsibility has welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the lives of so many children and families in Llantwit Major over a number of years. We are disappointed that for financial reasons we are not able to continue this work. We will be working closely with the Council to ensure that the building will be available to the wide range of services during the summer months. There will then be a smooth handover to the Council.”
The Vale of Glamorgan Council wish to thank the Board of Social Responsibility trustees and the staff team for the contribution that has been made to the children and families of Llantwit Major.