Mums bridge support gap
SPECIAL NEEDS: Mothers hope to set up own playscheme after council-funded service is scrapped
MOTHERS in Ashford hope to set up their own playscheme for disabled children now the council-funded service has been scrapped.
Families were furious when Kent County Council wrote to inform them that Kids, an organisation offering home support, holiday playschemes and Saturday fun clubs was to be axed, and offering no immediate alternative.
Sheila Taylor, who has a nineyear-old daughter with autism, is one of four mothers hoping to establish an independent support group called Someone Special using a grant from Kent Children’s Fund (KCF).
Regional director of Kids, Bridget Bevis, said: “Kids successfully secured a three-year grant from Kent Children’s Fund with this year being the last year of delivery.
“Due to our contract with Kent Children’s Services coming to an end in mid-Kent, we were in a dilemma about the Children’s Fund Grant.
“I am at present trying to negotiate with KCF to use the grant money in support of the mid-Kent families, changing the project profile to suit the changed circumstances.”
Mrs Bevis will be meeting up with parents in Park Farm today (Thursday) to discuss the situation.
Kent County Council felt the Ashford and Shepway based Kids service was not up to standard and closed it down, promising to provide a better quality service in the future.
A number of families in Ashford have been campaigning to have Kids reinstated and have even won backing from Cherie Blair, a patron of Kids.
Mrs Taylor received a call on behalf of the Prime Minister’s wife, who has vowed to speak to people she knows to help the mothers in any way she can.