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208 Pampisford Road,
South Croydon,


Netherheys was opened October 1949 as a mixed home, with accommodation for 22 youngsters. A day care unit opened pre 1968 for the under 5s which ran till November 1973 when it was closed . Re-opened late 1980s as part of Knotley. Finally closed 1983

A drastic drop in the number of children being referred to London Division's residential home in Pampisford Road, South Croydon, has led to a decision to close the home.

The home, Netherheys, can accommodate 22 youngsters, but only 10 of the places are filled and the indications are that the numbers will not rise. Netherheys is due to close early in 1983 and most of the 10 children, who are aged between 11 and 15, will be fostered, adopted, or found somewhere else to live within the local community. One or two may go to other children's homes.

There are five full-time social workers at Netherheys and Barnardo's is hoping to be able to offer them alternative employment of their choice within the organisation. There are also five part-time ancillary staff at the home.

No decision has been taken yet about the future of the property, which is owned by Barnardo's. However, it is possible that the organisation may find an alternative child care use for the building following consultations now being held with Croydon Social Services Department.

Miss Irma Plattner, who for the past 10 years has led the team of social workers running Netherheys, said: "The people in the local community have helped so much to support the children at Netherheys over the years. We have a great number of friends round here and we very much hope they will continue to support Barnardo's work in the area."

Netherheys was opened by Dr. Barnardo's as a children's home in October 1949. The organisation also ran a day care centre for under  5s there for some years, but that closed in 1973. The closure of the home in South Croydon will not affect London Division's other work in the area. This includes the Triangle, a thriving community centre and day care centre in Westow Street, Upper Norwood, and Cleevedon Hostel, which is in Tennison Road, South Norwood.

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