Afasic supports children, young people and families affected by speech, language and communication disabilities. To enable us to carry on providing the help and support they need into the future we really need help with the core costs of the organisation that underpin all our work.
At least 6% of children starting school have speech, language & communication difficulties. This often hidden disability can have a devastating effect on the quality of a child’s life from an early age. Those affected struggle to understand what’s being said to them, or get frustrated at not being able to express themselves. Those with persistent problems can struggle to access further education / employment, reach their potential, or take an active role in their community.
Afasic provides a range of information and projects that offer help and support for parents and work directly with the children and young people. Afasic supports children and young people at key points in their lives, developing their social, communication and life skills and reducing their isolation. Afasic provides a source of information and support for parents that helps them understand their child’s problems, make informed choices and enables them to seek the help their child needs.
To empower parents and carers to advocate for their child
Activities» Provide a parents helpline to offer 1 to 1 support, information & advice
» Provide up to date information in print and on the web for parents and young people.
» Run a series of training and information events for parents to increase skills & knowledge.
At least 12,000 people will have accessed support through the helpline, downloads/publications, attending training events to improve skills & knowledge.
Support and develop the communication, social and life skills of children and young people with SLCN
Activities» Offer specialist youth clubs for young people with SLCN to reduce isolation and develop key life skills
» Run a programme of week long transition summer schools to support those facing the move from primary to secondary.
» Develop & run self-advocacy courses for young people to improve their ability to speak up for themselves.
» Run activity days for children / young people to reduce social isolation, develop friendships, improve communication.
At least 560 young people will have developed communication, social & life skills by participating in one of our projects, reducing their social isolation.
Enable children and young people with SLCN to participate in society and reach their potential.
Activities» Awareness raising with mainstream professionals such as teachers, SENCO’s, youth workers, to better support these young people.
» A combination of all the other activities listed under previous 2 aims.
Young people are better able to develop friendships, access community facilities & live as independent a life as possible.
Children and young people will have the opportunity to make the most of their education, reach their potential, improve their life chances and their quality of life. They will be better able to take an active role in their community and contribute to society rather than face isolation from it. This will be demonstrated through surveys of users, testimonials received from users, questionnaires to members, and other feedback received from across the UK.
The main risk is a lack of funding, and given the increasing difficulty in covering core costs, this is seen as a priority in terms of fundraising efforts. The other risk is not reaching those who are most in need of our help and support. We are addressing this through increasing our use of the Internet, social media, as well as developing our network of local contacts across the country to raise awareness.
Updates on our work are posted on our website, newsletter to members, and our annual review. We produce monthly email updates that highlight the work of the organisation, forthcoming activities, and the development of key services. Any specific reporting requirements of donors will be adhered to.
Budget - Project Cost: £61,707Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £16,660 Information Publications/website/parent info. £6,788 overheads Phone, post, stationery £3,086 Governance Audit/Insurance/Tstees exps. £22,832 Staff Staff £12,341 Premises Rent/rates/light/heat
Afasic works across all 4 nations of the UK, with our main office in London. We are also developing a team of locally based volunteers to provide more localised information and support.
Research shows that 6% of children and young people in the UK are affected by speech, language and communication disabilities, an average of two per class and a total of over one million children and young people. This disability is present in all areas of society, and geographic location, but is shown to be more prevalent in areas of deprivation.
From the beginning, Afasic was set up as a parent led organisation, and is therefore well aware of the challenges our users face on a daily basis. We have a network of project officers, local contacts, & volunteers across the UK who are in touch with families and through whom the need for some of our projects was originally highlighted. With over 45 years of knowledge and understanding of this disability we are uniquely placed to provide the support that children, young people and parents need.
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Linda is Chief Executive of Afasic and parent of a child with speech & language problems. She has first-hand knowledge of what famileis are facing.