Hundreds sign petition in bid to stop Sheffield care home closure

Hawkhills care home is to close next month
Hawkhills care home is to close next month

Hundreds of people have signed a petition in a bid to save an under-threat Sheffield care home.

More than 600 people have signed an online petition protesting against the planned closure of the Hawkhills home in Stannington after it was launched earlier this week.

The site is earmarked for closure after bosses from charity Sheffcare revealed it has been losing money and not been full for ‘several years’.

The petition states: “This care home means a lot to the community of Stannington and in July it got a first-class inspection. Many of the residents have dementia or similar illnesses and the relatives of the residents have never been officially notified by SheffCare about the closure.

“We must stop this closure, it means so much to the community, the residents, the families of residents together with the staff.”

It is hoped that 5,000 signatures can be collected so the matter can be debated by Sheffield Council, with the petition also raising concerns that there had been a lack of ‘proper consultation’ about the intended closure.

The home is currently scheduled to close next month.

Sheffcare chief executive Belinda Black said: “From the very start of the Hawkhills closure process residents, families and staff have been kept fully briefed, both via letter and also through face to face meetings.

“We have been completely transparent at every stage, consulting not only the people most directly affected but also notifying local press and radio.

“We are pleased to be able to confirm that the process of finding new homes for our residents is going well and that all Hawhills staff have been relocated so there will be no job losses.

“It is with deep sadness and regret that Sheffcare have made the decision to close Hawkhills but the home has seen decreasing resident numbers over a significant period of time and, despite recent extensive investment in the home – and a good CQC report earlier this year - the current position and future forecasts show that these losses will continue to increase.

“The home has facilities for up to 40 residents but, unlike other sites within the Sheffcare group, has not been running at full capacity for several years. We understand that this is a very difficult time for the people who live at Hawkhills and that is why we have been working very closely with both them and their families to find new homes in the city.”

Sheffcare is a non-profit charity that runs 11 homes across the city.

To view the petition, visit www.change.org/p/save-hawkhills-residential-care-home-in-stannington-sheffield.