Mums take action to replace axed service
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 email@example.com
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