Our One Community Information and Support (OCIS) and Adult Carers services have been making a profound difference to people’s lives for many years across the borough of Eastleigh. Both were once fully funded and staffed, and both in recent times have been running at a low level to maintain a service to those most in need for as long as we could manage it from our own resources.
With great sadness, in light of budget cuts, we have had to accept that this is no longer sustainable into the coming financial year.
This does not mean that we will no longer be providing information and support to local people, but this will be through our Information Centre at Eastleigh Museum and through our range of Home Support Services.
While we can continue to support people (by appointment on 023 8064 1202) to apply for online benefits at our Eastleigh Museum Information Centre, and can provide information and signposting to a wide range of services and activities, we can no longer provide the Case Worker service and home visits we have offered through OCIS for Welfare Benefit applications. Those enquiries will from now on be referred to other local organisations, such as the Hampshire Local Welfare Assistance Information and Advice Line (0300 330 1150), and Eastleigh Citizen’s Advice Bureau (03444 111 306):
Eastleigh CAB Main Office – 101 Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9DR Tel
Drop-in sessions: Mon – Thu: 10:00-16:00
Hedge End CAB Outreach Office – Hedge End Salvation Army, Dowd’s Farm Community Centre, 85 White’s Way, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 2GL
Drop-in sessions: Fri 09:30-12:30
Bursledon CAB Outreach Office – Bursledon Community Centre, Portsmouth Road, Busledon, Southampton, SO31 8ES
Drop-in sessions: Tue 10:00-12:00
As of April we will no longer have an Adult Carers Project and a dedicated worker. Adult Carers can seek information from our Home Support Services on 023 8090 2400. Young Carers will continue to be supported through Eastleigh Young Carers Project and there is no change to this part of the Family Carers Centre service.