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On 23rd July 2010 The Alliance for Black Children received the devastating news that the local authority will be terminating their contract with ABC to provide support services, effective 31st October 2010. The termination of our funding from Children’s fund will have an adverse impact on a number of children and families within the county and we are writing to ask for your careful reconsideration of this decision.
ABC has been providing valuable support services to children and families within the Northamptonshire community for seven consecutive years. The organisation’s main goal is to enhance and improve the well being of children and families of black and dual heritage backgrounds. However as we have grown these services have expanded to become more inclusive. We presently employ 3 full time staff, 5 part time staff and 2 sessional play-workers and they along with 5 volunteers deliver services within the broad areas of study support in schools, family support, holiday activity programmes and community outreach work.
The funding from Children’s Fund covers the core costs enabling us to then apply for funding to develop projects such as:
(1) Adult Learning Project
(2) WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)
(3) On Point for young males and females
(4) Art Club
(5) Fishing Club
(6) Anti Guns and Knives Project
(7) Anti Bullying Campaign
(8) Taking part in local carnivals
(9) School of Life – Phones to Knitting Project.
Medway Council are making DEAF people pay to learn British Sign Language.
"ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages) courses are FREE to people from minority ethnic groups who are permanently resident in the area" Medway Adult Service Learner Handbook 2006/07
I am deaf and I have had to pay £150 to learn sign language. Sign Language is a basic communication method.