The scale of the COVID19 crisis is unprecedented. Typically, we depend mainly on income generated from Child Contact Intervention and Advocacy Services delivered to a wide range of Local Authorities across the country and some fundraising activities to support the Child Contact Centre Intervention Project and Organisational Overheads . Sadly, we have now lost these income streams due to the Corona-Virus pandemic.
We Must Raise £100,000.00
Over the last 10 years, we have partnered with approximately twelve UK Universities across Berkshire and neighbouring Counties to offer 70 -100 days Social Works Placements / Training for five to seven undergraduate and post graduate students a year. With a rolling group of trainee social workers working 3-5 days a week, plus volunteers and a small staff team, the Contact Centre Project and Operational Cost were covered. Unfortunately , due to the impact of COVID19 we have lost a significant source of our revenue, including university student placements / funding. With a long waiting list of children and families needing our support, we are significantly short of project workers to support the families who desperately need help.
Helps us to nurture the child’s VOICE without making them CHOOSE between separated parents
Sadly, the dark side of COVID19 social isolation has resulted in over 50% increase in domestic violence reports, with more women and children at risk with the worst yet to come. For children and young people trapped in the middle of high conflict couple relationship breakdown and separation, life is a living nightmare. We are now experiencing an exponential 50% increase in referrals for Child Contact Centre Intervention support for children and families experiencing chronic parental conflict.
Help secure the future of children
The stark reality is that the future of Voice of the Child-Child Contact Centre Intervention services is at stake as we are struggling to offer desperate families the support they need.
We are under enormous pressure not only to secure adequate resources to meet increasing demands and reach out to more families, but to simultaneously support existing families during this difficult time and beyond whilst safe-guarding the Child Contact Centre from drowning from the unprecedented financial impact of COVID19.
Please support us today to help ensure the survival of vital services we offer to children, young people and families.
Families do not need to travel any further
Voice of the Child is the only Nationally Accredited Child Contact Intervention Centre within a 75 miles radius of Reading, Berkshire. We generally open and accessibly Six days a week and providing a wide range of Child Contact Intervention Support Services to separated families in Reading, Berkshire and Surroundings and across the country through established partnerships with over 40 Local Authorities, 30 UK Courts and 300 Solicitors. But in response to Covid19, we are currently open four days a week and under enormous pressure to open 7 days a week.
How your contribution would help save the Child Contact Intervention Project
Averagely, each family benefits from 2 hours weekly Supervised Contact for up to 12 months prior to transitioning into independent family arrangements which are exclusive of third-party support. It costs approximately £357.00 for two hours contact x 52 weeks (£18564.00 per year) per family. The cost covers, a private room for contact, pre and post session support for parents and child, a key project support worker @ 6hrs work per each contact including contact observation, report writing for court purposes, pre and post session work. Other running cost / overheads include: general administrative support, management cost, utility bills, Centre hire, monthly accreditation, accounting subscriptions, cleaning, groceries, management cost, rents.
Every penny you give counts towards one child or a sibling group reconnecting and enjoy quality time and building positive memories with a parent they no longer live with, week after week.
The more we raise the more contacts we can offer and the more families we can reach.
Donate or Fundraise4us and watch every child smile as they hug the parent they no longer live with.
For Every £1 you raise, a child or a sibling group get to spend quality time with their dad or mum they no longer live with, with the support of our child contact centre. For some children, this will be the first time ever they meet their father or reconnected to their mother or father after a good few years.