Staying in Nottinghamshire for the moment, we turn next to Friends of Bramwell.
F of B is a campaign group opposed to the proposed sale of the council-owned Bramwell Care Home in Nottinghamshire.
Supporters claim the home is unique because of the range of services provided and the challenging nature of the work it undertakes. It is currently registered to provide care in four categories ; Older People, Dementia Sufferers, Mental Disorder and Physical Disability. A number of other services operate from the site, which also includes a day centre. It is involved in giving respite for carers and has a philosophy of helping those who want to stay in their own homes.
The Conservative-led County Council aims to sell of all 13 of the care homes it owns, against Labour opposition. However, the Friends have attracted cross-party support, with Anna Soubry MP (Con), Cllr Stan Heptinstall MBE (Lib Dem) and former MP Dr Nick Palmer (Labour) all taking part.
Advocates of the sale point out that any future owner would be obliged to run the centre as a care home for a minimum of three years, but the friends believe that it would be sold at the end of that period. There are also concerns that the private sector woud not be able to match the service currently provided.
The Friends of Bramwell can be found at http://www.friendsofbramwell.co.uk/ . numerous articles and reader`s letters on the subject can be found at http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/ .