STAFF at Open Door, a Thurrock-based charity that has helped the vulnerable in the borough for nearly forty years were made redundant this week as the reality of the savage cuts starts to hit home.
Sources close to the charity believe that the “tipping-point” for the charity was the loss of the contracts to provide floating support for both under-18’s and over-18’s.
YT understands that Family Mosaic have won both contracts as well as the contract to run the home for single homeless at Brooke Road in Grays.
A spokesperson for Open Door said: “We are sorry to see staff go. We said goodbye to them on Monday. It was hardly a party but we thanked them for all that they have done”.
The spokesperson would not be drawn when asked if Open Door would be challenging the decision.
The loss of the contracts have come as a hammer blow to Open Door as has the news that Citizens Advice have lost the contract for housing advice, which Thurrock Council have taken back “in-house”.
A statement had not been forthcoming from Thurrock Council at the time of going to press