Mums take ac­tion to re­place axed ser­vice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Clare Mul­grew

Moth­ers in talks with Kids over set­ting up reg­is­tered char­ity af­ter los­ing con­fi­dence in KCC

A GROUP of moth­ers plan to set up their own char­ity to of­fer sup­port to dis­abled and dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in Ash­ford.

Sheila Tay­lor, Siob­han Lyell and Ni­cola Angliss, who all have chil­dren with autism, hope to se­cure spon­sor­ship from busi­nesses in the area in or­der to es­tab­lish them­selves as an of­fi­cial body called Some­one Spe­cial.

They need to raise £10,000 a year to op­er­ate as a reg­is­tered char­ity, which would then en­able them to ap­ply for gov­ern­ment grants from the Chil­dren’s Fund.

The three women, all from the Park Farm area, are tak­ing mat­ters into their own hands, claim­ing they were let down by Kent County Coun­cil who closed down the Kids child sup­port ser­vice in Ash­ford and Shep­way in March.

“We aren’t happy to just sit back and wait for some­thing to hap­pen,” said Mrs Tay­lor.

Now they are in talks with the re­gional di­rec­tor of Kids, Brid­get Be­vis, who is help­ing them set up as a char­ity – and pro­vid­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for a fur­ther year, in­de­pen­dent of the coun­cil.

Kids still has £9,400 worth of fund­ing from the Chil­dren’s Fund to spend on chil­dren in mid-Kent this fi­nan­cial year, part of a three-year con­tract.

Af­ter so­cial ser­vices with­drew their sup­port for Kids, Mrs Be­vis had to rene­go­ti­ate terms with the CF to keep the money in mid-Kent.

At a meet­ing with the moth­ers on Thurs­day, Mrs Be­vis said: “The Chil­dren’s Fund co-or­dina- tor has said they will work with you to pro­vide train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and help you de­velop skills in pol­icy writ­ing and all the things you need to know in or­der to set up as an in­de­pen­dent group.”

The fund­ing will fi­nance ac­tiv­ity days for 16 five to 13-year-olds once a month for a year.

Kids are cur­rently draw­ing up a list of 12 dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties with in­put from par­ents.

Any­one who is in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing Some­one Spe­cial should call Sheila Tay­lor on 01233 503780 or email sm­c­tay­

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Mums Ni­cola Angliss, Siob­han Lyell and Sheila Tay­lor dis­cuss set­ting up the new group with Brid­get Be­vis, re­gional di­rec­tor for Kids child sup­port ser­vice and Robert May of the project

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