Rallying round to save Ace Centre

Rachel Moore, Natasha Pearson, Marcus Moss, Rehana Nasib, Danielle Battigelli and Karen Bailey at the centre

Rachel Moore, Natasha Pearson, Marcus Moss, Rehana Nasib, Danielle Battigelli and Karen Bailey at the centre

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter, also covering Barton and Wood Farm. Call me on (01865) 425427

An Oxford charity which is set to close in two months is hoping renewed support could save its services.

The Ace Centre has provided communication help for vulnerable children and adults for more than 30 years and earlier this month the Oxford Mail reported the centre in Windmill Road, Headington, would have to close because of a lack of cash.

But after being inundated with support and pledges of donations, that might not be the case.

On Wednesday, Oxford East MP Andrew Smith asked the Prime Minister to help keep the Ace Centre open.

During Prime Minister’s Questions Mr Smith asked David Cameron, also Witney MP, if he would commit the Government to finding the £150,000 needed to keep the centre open.

Mr Cameron agreed the centre was important and said he would work with Mr Smith to try to save the centre.

Mr Smith added: “The centre really does need financial help urgently if closure is to be averted.

“It is not a big sum for the Government to find, especially when set against the value of the centre to children and young people for whom there is no alternative service, not just in Oxfordshire but across the whole of southern England.”

A petition has also been started on the Government’s website, urging action to keep the centre open. So far more than 700 people have signed.

Centre manager Natasha Pearson said: “We are overwelmed with the amount of support we have received.

“The staff here are very passionate about what they do and that definitely comes through in the quality of the service they offer.”

Trustees chairman Bill Nimmo said: “As things stand we are still closing.

“But there is a possibility, if the Government can engage with this, that there might be enough for us to keep going in some way.

“I will be optimistic when we get into a room with someone from the Government and get a feeling that we might come up with something.”

To sign the petition to keep the Ace centre open visit epetitions.direct.

gov.uk/petitions/32670 before July 11.

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7:20pm Mon 23 Apr 12

L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG says...

An Oxford charity which is set to close in two months is hoping renewed support could save its services......

Of course they are. It would mean that they would have to go out into the REAL world and find jobs. Much harder than us paying their wages for a job where there are no checks to see if they are worth it or not. No wonder you never see PAID charity jobs advertised (only go to friends) only non paid ones.
An Oxford charity which is set to close in two months is hoping renewed support could save its services...... Of course they are. It would mean that they would have to go out into the REAL world and find jobs. Much harder than us paying their wages for a job where there are no checks to see if they are worth it or not. No wonder you never see PAID charity jobs advertised (only go to friends) only non paid ones. L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG
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9:22pm Mon 23 Apr 12

DoctorBob says...

L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG wrote:
An Oxford charity which is set to close in two months is hoping renewed support could save its services......

Of course they are. It would mean that they would have to go out into the REAL world and find jobs. Much harder than us paying their wages for a job where there are no checks to see if they are worth it or not. No wonder you never see PAID charity jobs advertised (only go to friends) only non paid ones.
You are wrong on so many levels it's frightening.

Your understanding of the world around you and how it works is woeful and coupled with your bizarre sense of self worth makes for very unpleasant reading.

If for just one fleeting moment of your self absorbed self important life you took the time to look up stuff instead of just posting made up nonsense you would see why your post is just hateful, ill informed made up nonsense drawn from a knowledge base point of nil.

Staff at ACE are highly qualified specialist practitioners.

Staff at ACE have mostly come from "REAL world " jobs. In fact, in many cases they earn less than their equivalent post on the open jobs market.

Some staff at ACE are volunteers.

Being so highly qualified, experienced and skilled means that they are heavily checked to see if they are worth it or not.

You seem to have a massive void in your understanding of the tax system of this country both in practice and principal including your own contribution per individual enterprises.

Coupled with your atrocious reading skills it's no surprise that you seem to think this is some sort of charity shop fully funded by the government.

Finally, you see "PAID" charity jobs advertised all the time but unfortunately for you not in the Beano. Here's one for example:

Title:Occupational Therapist/Physiother
apist - ACE Centre Oxford
Salary Details: £24,646 -£36,313 per annum

Mostly you are just entertaining but every now and then you show yourself to be just plain odious and a pathetic excuse for a human being. Your true nature I think.

If you had an ounce of decency you'd top yourself.
[quote][p][bold]L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG[/bold] wrote: An Oxford charity which is set to close in two months is hoping renewed support could save its services...... Of course they are. It would mean that they would have to go out into the REAL world and find jobs. Much harder than us paying their wages for a job where there are no checks to see if they are worth it or not. No wonder you never see PAID charity jobs advertised (only go to friends) only non paid ones.[/p][/quote]You are wrong on so many levels it's frightening. Your understanding of the world around you and how it works is woeful and coupled with your bizarre sense of self worth makes for very unpleasant reading. If for just one fleeting moment of your self absorbed self important life you took the time to look up stuff instead of just posting made up nonsense you would see why your post is just hateful, ill informed made up nonsense drawn from a knowledge base point of nil. Staff at ACE are highly qualified specialist practitioners. Staff at ACE have mostly come from "REAL world " jobs. In fact, in many cases they earn less than their equivalent post on the open jobs market. Some staff at ACE are volunteers. Being so highly qualified, experienced and skilled means that they are heavily checked to see if they are worth it or not. You seem to have a massive void in your understanding of the tax system of this country both in practice and principal including your own contribution per individual enterprises. Coupled with your atrocious reading skills it's no surprise that you seem to think this is some sort of charity shop fully funded by the government. Finally, you see "PAID" charity jobs advertised all the time but unfortunately for you not in the Beano. Here's one for example: Title:Occupational Therapist/Physiother apist - ACE Centre Oxford Salary Details: £24,646 -£36,313 per annum Mostly you are just entertaining but every now and then you show yourself to be just plain odious and a pathetic excuse for a human being. Your true nature I think. If you had an ounce of decency you'd top yourself. DoctorBob
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4:10pm Tue 24 Apr 12

L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG says...

DoctorBob wrote:
L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG wrote:
An Oxford charity which is set to close in two months is hoping renewed support could save its services......

Of course they are. It would mean that they would have to go out into the REAL world and find jobs. Much harder than us paying their wages for a job where there are no checks to see if they are worth it or not. No wonder you never see PAID charity jobs advertised (only go to friends) only non paid ones.
You are wrong on so many levels it's frightening.

Your understanding of the world around you and how it works is woeful and coupled with your bizarre sense of self worth makes for very unpleasant reading.

If for just one fleeting moment of your self absorbed self important life you took the time to look up stuff instead of just posting made up nonsense you would see why your post is just hateful, ill informed made up nonsense drawn from a knowledge base point of nil.

Staff at ACE are highly qualified specialist practitioners.

Staff at ACE have mostly come from "REAL world " jobs. In fact, in many cases they earn less than their equivalent post on the open jobs market.

Some staff at ACE are volunteers.

Being so highly qualified, experienced and skilled means that they are heavily checked to see if they are worth it or not.

You seem to have a massive void in your understanding of the tax system of this country both in practice and principal including your own contribution per individual enterprises.

Coupled with your atrocious reading skills it's no surprise that you seem to think this is some sort of charity shop fully funded by the government.

Finally, you see "PAID" charity jobs advertised all the time but unfortunately for you not in the Beano. Here's one for example:

Title:Occupational Therapist/Physiother

apist - ACE Centre Oxford
Salary Details: £24,646 -£36,313 per annum

Mostly you are just entertaining but every now and then you show yourself to be just plain odious and a pathetic excuse for a human being. Your true nature I think.

If you had an ounce of decency you'd top yourself.
If I didn't have tickets for Stoke at the weekend to see our C.L. clincher then I would have taken your advice, but that combined with a night out (and in) with an old girlfriend coming down from Buxton gives me the will to live. Thanks for the advice anyway.
[quote][p][bold]DoctorBob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG[/bold] wrote: An Oxford charity which is set to close in two months is hoping renewed support could save its services...... Of course they are. It would mean that they would have to go out into the REAL world and find jobs. Much harder than us paying their wages for a job where there are no checks to see if they are worth it or not. No wonder you never see PAID charity jobs advertised (only go to friends) only non paid ones.[/p][/quote]You are wrong on so many levels it's frightening. Your understanding of the world around you and how it works is woeful and coupled with your bizarre sense of self worth makes for very unpleasant reading. If for just one fleeting moment of your self absorbed self important life you took the time to look up stuff instead of just posting made up nonsense you would see why your post is just hateful, ill informed made up nonsense drawn from a knowledge base point of nil. Staff at ACE are highly qualified specialist practitioners. Staff at ACE have mostly come from "REAL world " jobs. In fact, in many cases they earn less than their equivalent post on the open jobs market. Some staff at ACE are volunteers. Being so highly qualified, experienced and skilled means that they are heavily checked to see if they are worth it or not. You seem to have a massive void in your understanding of the tax system of this country both in practice and principal including your own contribution per individual enterprises. Coupled with your atrocious reading skills it's no surprise that you seem to think this is some sort of charity shop fully funded by the government. Finally, you see "PAID" charity jobs advertised all the time but unfortunately for you not in the Beano. Here's one for example: Title:Occupational Therapist/Physiother apist - ACE Centre Oxford Salary Details: £24,646 -£36,313 per annum Mostly you are just entertaining but every now and then you show yourself to be just plain odious and a pathetic excuse for a human being. Your true nature I think. If you had an ounce of decency you'd top yourself.[/p][/quote]If I didn't have tickets for Stoke at the weekend to see our C.L. clincher then I would have taken your advice, but that combined with a night out (and in) with an old girlfriend coming down from Buxton gives me the will to live. Thanks for the advice anyway. L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG
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11:59am Thu 26 Apr 12

DoctorBob says...

Nice deflection.
Nice deflection. DoctorBob
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