Project information

Parents Resource Area and Hub

Families of children with learning disabilities are the key partners to children's development and achievement. Children Ahead’s Parent Resource Area and Hub will provide the urgently needed support and a learning space for parents/carers of children with mild-moderate learning difficulties.

November 2016 - December 2017

Charity information: Children Ahead Ltd

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  • Need


    The need for this community support system has been highlighted by parents/schools associated with Children Ahead stating that carers of children with disabilities such as ADD/ADHD, autism, dyslexia and other 'learning' disabilities feel
    very isolated. They solitarily face daily challenges, often living with stress and embarrassment whilst trying to present a 'normal' act. They lack the emotional backing and skills to aid their child due to scarce services.


    Our Parent Resource Area and Hub will:
    1)Be a communal space for resources that will be lent to the learning disabled children so that they can practice therapeutic exercises at home to advance their developmental, educational, emotional and social levels.
    2)Act as a learning and peer support centre for parents/carers or professionals/volunteers working with the learning disabled child, to develop their understanding of the child’s needs and how to best implement therapeutic exercises.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide peer and community support for parents and families of learning disabled children.


    » There will be a reading/playing corner for families to interact and learn as a unit, with appropriate resources and guidance.
    » Weekly workshops on a variety of topics will provide parents with peer support and validation from those facing similar challenges.

    What success will look like

    150 family members of learning disabled children will report decreased levels of stress/crisis in the family home, improving family happiness and emotional health.

    Aim 2

    To step up levels of parental engagement in their children's health and education.


    » We will provide drop-in forums and workshops covering topics such as 'sensory integration at home' or 'building language skills at a young age' etc
    » Resources will be lent to practice therapeutic exercises with the LD child to advance their developmental, educational, emotional and social levels

    What success will look like

    150 children will borrow resources and report increased development as a result.

    Aim 3

    To empower parents with knowledge and skills to understand and effectively support their children.


    » Parents will be able to consult with therapists working with their child for hands-on guidance and directions to specifically support their child.
    » Our liason officer will assist parents in researching with resources and signpost them to other public bodies that can provide information and support

    What success will look like

    185 family members of learning disabled children will report increased knowledge, new skills gained and the ability to access resources that supports them in managing their child.

  • Impact


    Stronger, more resilient families with reduced risk of social isolation and family breakdown. Improved educational outcomes for children with SEN, and as a result better life chances and 'employability'. Better health outcomes for individual children as a result of informed decisions and more effective professional intervention and support by parents.
    All information will be recorded on our high end CRM - Salesforce which we will then use to generate reports and display the extent of the impact.


    We don’t foresee any major risks to the project but have identified the following as low risks:
    1. Low interest in the project
    Were there to be a lack of participants we would provide for the specific needs of those who have requested for the project.
    2. ) Staff leave project
    Our professional staff are extremely committed to the cause. If staff will have to leave we will find a suitable replacement.
    3. Safeguarding
    Our CPO is in charge of implementation of our comprehensive safeguarding policy.


    We will run a press release in local media and social outlets will inform people of grants from our donors. We will also acknowledge all support in our annual report and accounts which we share with all stakeholders. We're developing our website; donors will be acknowledged on our supporters page.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,570

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,280 Librarian 8 hours per week.
      £1,500 Occupational Therapist One workshop per week for parents.
      £1,500 Speech and Language Therapist One workshop per week for parents.
      £1,800 Psychotherapist One workshop per week for parents.
      £1,050 Literacy Specialist One workshop per week for parents.
      £1,440 Parent support Groups Parent S

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Santander £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We’re located in the London Borough of Hackney. The DfE data for Hackney Schools states that 18.7% of pupils have SEN (Special Educational Needs) without Education, Health and Care plans and are therefore not receiving statutory support. Moreover, Hackney is ranked in the lowest 20% on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation with 32.25% of children living in income-deprived households. A financially strained area, urgently requiring the assistance we are offering.


    1)Young learning disabled people will be able to advance their progress in the comfort of their homes.
    2)Families will be stronger and more resilient leading to a greatly reduced risk of social isolation and family break-down.
    3)Parental engagement in their children’s health and education will result in improved educational outcomes for learning disabled children, resulting in better life chances and ‘employability’.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Children Ahead has had experience in successfully running large projects with our 2015 turnover being £350,000+, reaching more than 150 young people in one year. Our board of trustees is replete with financial acumen and project management experience, being well-versed in finance, charity management, risk management, health and safety, safeguarding, HR and contract and funding management. With our senior staff team, they have a wealth of experience in running voluntary sector organisations.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr David Roth

    He is our clinical lead, an educational psychologist with more than 12 years experience in working with children.