20 May 1921
Community Fund gives families the support they need to keep their children on the rails
Families are to benefit from £133,425 worth of awards made by the Community Fund in the North East today to St Cuthbert’s Care.
A pilot has shown that families linked to the programme are predominantly in a cycle of exclusion, experience the same barriers as their children and are equally hard to engage. The project is seen as the only one on the families’ side. Many families have already been ‘ostracised’ by their own community as ‘problem’ families. The whole family approach is intended to break this cycle.
Without this award, the group was facing the prospect of substantial cut backs to their work
Community Fund North East Regional Committee Chair, John Goddard, commented ‘The Regional Committee recognise the need for agencies that provide bread and butter support for families. It is generally a lot more difficult for groups to get funding for this type of work, but St Cuthbert’s Care has admirably demonstrated how they can make a difference to families.’
The project is based in Byker and serves Walker, Monkchester and Byker in Newcastle upon Tyne
St Cuthbert’s Care offer a range of care and support projects for adults with learning difficulties, older people, and children and families. This project will develop their family support service, which supports family members of children who are attending their Education programme. They will provide individual support, training and education opportunities, an informal drop-in and a home visiting service.
This funding will help the organisation develop the work of a one- year pilot project that supports family members of children referred to the organisation’s Urban Education Programme. These children are selected from among the worst performing pupils (behaviourally or academically) in the poorest wards of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The three year Community Fund grant will fully fund the cost of employing the existing part time family support worker, a new part time assistant support worker, and a new part time domestic/cleaner. The grant will also contribute to the running cost of the project.
For further information please contact Kathleen Urwin at St Cuthberts Care on 0191 228 0111.
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Media Enquiries: Tim Davies-Pugh, Regional Manager, Community Fund, tel: 0191 255 1121