Care Services Minister praises ‘extraordinary service’


Care Services Minister Paul Burstow praised CHUMS as ‘extraordinary’ when he visited our offices as part of Social Enterprise Day.


Mr Burstow visited the Service’s new headquarters at Wrest Park Enterprise Centre in Silsoe on the special day dedicated to Social Enterprise (held during Global Entrepreneurship Week).


He spoke with CHUMS staff and volunteers during his visit and viewed some of the arts and craft activities that we use during our workshops.


As part of his tour, Mr Burstow also listened to a presentation from Chief Executive Dawn Hewitt and heard first-hand from service users – parents, children and teenagers – about the support the Service has offered them.


He said: “CHUMS runs an extraordinary service for children and young people. It helps families put their lives back together and to have hope for the future.”


Dawn added: “It meant a lot to us that the minister took time out of his busy schedule to visit us and that hewas genuinely interested in finding out first hand not only about the amazing support that CHUMS provides but also how much the service has benefitted from leaving the NHS and how this has impacted positively on those we support. It was a fantastic way to celebrate social enterprise day”


CHUMS became a Social Enterprise and an independent service provider earlier this year.