Surrey

Oasis Childcare Centre may close after Surrey Council refuses grant

A charity which helps vulnerable families and children in Surrey is facing closure in the next three months, it has been claimed.

Staff at Oasis Childcare Centre, which is based in Cobham and helps families from Elmbridge, said it has been hit by cuts to funding.

An application for a grant from Surrey County Council has been turned down.

The council said Oasis did "valuable" work, but the authority was under "considerable" financial pressures.

'Very disappointed'

Caroline Edwards, who founded the Oasis Childcare Centre, said the charity had helped about 5,000 children in 17 years.

"The tragedy is that there will be no other preventative services taking our place - nothing else left within our community," she said.

"We're very disappointed by the council's response."

A spokeswoman for the council said: "We are very aware that Oasis does very valuable work in supporting families in difficult circumstances, as well as working closely with local children's centres.

"However, the request for funding comes at a difficult time, when we are under considerable financial pressures and have to make savings of £40m within the Children, Schools and Families Directorate over the coming years."

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