This 3-year project is seeking to provide immediate support and relief to 70 deprived families living in Wales, with the long-term aim of lifting them and their children out of poverty. Support will be tailored to individual needs, and will include financial assistance, help with transportation costs, and mobility, house and home grants. Families will be encouraged to take advantage of the back to work support and assistance and begin working towards self-sufficiency.
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Registered Charity in England and Wales (207812)
Wales has some of the most deprived areas in Western Europe, suffering from poor standards in health, low educational achievement, substance misuse, and benefit dependency. By targeting this project specifically at working with families in these pockets of extreme deprivation, it will impact both this generation and the next, and have the leverage to help a greater number of individuals within these communities. Children in Wales living in poverty are significantly more likely to suffer ill health, higher obesity levels, and higher teenage pregnancy rates, and to leave school with few or no qualifications. They are also significantly less likely to enter higher education. All of these factors contribute to the cycle of poverty and deprivation continuing on from one generation to the next. In order to impact deprivation as a whole the project is structured to address the seven contributing factors, namely; income, employment, health, education, housing, access to services and environment. The project will be delivered throughout Wales using our existing administration centre based in London. There will be local support on the ground in the form of an Elizabeth Finn Care Regional Coordinator and local trained volunteers. Our Regional Manager, Angela Bailey, and our Director of Casework, Bryan Clover, will oversee the work. Once a family comes to us for support we will ensure they are receiving all the relevant State benefits and arrange for them to begin receiving support from Elizabeth Finn Care. This service provides the comfort of a listening ear and someone to talk to. They will also receive a visit in their own home from one or our local fully trained volunteer visitors to help with the application process and ensure all of their immediate needs are being met. The support offered will be tailored to the individual needs of the family and will encompass the following areas:- ¬∑ Financial support - a regular payment of up to ¬£20 per week to help with everyday expenses - an annual emergency fund to draw on when substantial, unexpected expenses arrive ¬∑ Back to work support - help with adult education course fees and expenses - retraining and refresher courses - help with transportation costs ¬∑ Mobility - assistance with the cost of essential mobility equipment and house adaptations ¬∑ House and home - essential household items eg fridge, washing machine, cooker, carpets and bedding - furniture - essential home repairs The impact of the project will be that 70 families living in some of the most deprived areas of Western Europe will receive financial, emotional and practical support ¬∑ Families will be able to afford day to day essentials ¬∑ Reduced social exclusion ¬∑ Improved housing ¬∑ Increased financial control ¬∑ Decreased unemployment ¬∑ Moves towards self-sufficiency ¬∑ Improved chances for the next generation We have secured part of the funding required for this project for the next three years, but we need a further ¬£100,000 to achieve our aims. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of these families and individuals. By reducing the effects of deprivation to these families you will be raising the employment, health and financial expectations and chances of the children, and breaking the cycle of poverty. Thank you.
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