Support network for children & families with FASD
We would like to increase the number of support groups we are able to hold providing a vital lifeline for the children affected by FASD and their parents / carers.
We want to also increase the range of activities we are able to provide for these children
The FASD Trust
The families affected by FASD are very isolated within their communities as there is low public awareness of this condition and very little professional support, eg, health service and teachers. This also leads onto the other isssue that there is very little information for families.
By providing a safe meeting place on a regular basis where people can meet with the same disabilities to discuss and share issues they will feel less isolated and part of a group who share their same issues.
By giving the groups access to speakers who can help provide information on certain aspects where they may feel they have little or no information they will be better supported and knowledgeable
Breaking the isolation of families affected by FASD
Activities» Provide a safe location to meet in to offer practical and emotional support
» Provide the children with the opportunity to meet others with the same disabilities, this will also help with their understanding of the disabilities
Success will be...feedback and evaluation from families, we will use this to provoide information they are asking for
Increase our capacity to support more families
Activities» Support is provided by giving them practical advice in parenting and signposting them to other organisations they may not be already aware of
Success will be...the number of families helped
Increase the number of support groups
Activities» Invite speakers/local decision makers such as local MP's or town councillors to highlight within local communities the needs of the children/families
Success will be...the number of support groups, we hope to be able to hold 24 across the country
Employ an administrator
Activities» The administrator will provide support to the local volunteer coordinators by dealing with all the background support for the support groups
» They will be a dedicated resource to make contact with speakers, send flyers and provide information
Success will be...having an administrator to help support the local volunteer coordinators for each support group
We hope to increase awareness of FASD and to help provide support to those children and families affected by it. This will be measured in the number of groups provided and their success in providing a safe and secure place for groups to meet to obtain both practical and emotional support.
The only risk to the project is not being able to obtain funding to employ an administrator or run each group.
We are trying to raise funds all the time through various sources
We currently have a regular newsletter that we send to supporters and we also have a news section on our website.
If any donors require a more specfic report then we are happy to provide any information they require.
Budget - Project Cost: £27,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £15,000 Administrator Yearly salary for administrator £12,000 Support Groups £500 per year per group for the cost of 24 groups
Our office is based in Oxfordshire, although we currently have support groups in Leeds, Cornwall, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham,
The support groups we already run are highly attended and we need to increase the areas we can help by providing nationwide support to children and parents / carers in areas that we do not currenly cover.
The children affected by FASD along with their parents / carers
Local communities will benefit by having greater knowledge of FASD and the people it affects
We have been operating as a charity since January 2007 running support groups currently in Oxfordshire, Cambridge, Cornwall, Devon, Kent, Norfolk, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Sussex and Yorkshire. We need to develop the number of groups and therefore the number of families we can help
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Julia set up The FASD Trust after receiving requests for further information about FASD as an a doptive parent of a child with FAS