Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

AXE COULD FALL ON FAMILY SUPPORT; Charity Staff Put on Notice as Budget Decision Looms

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

AXE COULD FALL ON FAMILY SUPPORT; Charity Staff Put on Notice as Budget Decision Looms

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Byline: LINDSAY BRUCE

HUNDREDS of children could be left without vital support if a Teesside charity helping families is hit by the council spending cuts axe.

The Kara Family Project provides help and support for 220 families, including parenting courses and counselling for children, but has had to put all eight of its staff on notice, believing its doors could close for good in March.

An emotional project manager Sheila Anderson, 51, explained: "A combination of factors has led this to happen - put simply - we can't guarantee any of our usual funding. I'm heartbroken."

Currently the charity, based in South Bank, receives around pounds 150,000 per year from Redcar and Cleveland Council and the rest through grants, other funding and fundraising.

But Sheila says most charities and voluntary sector groups are in the same position, poised to see what, if any, funding will come through.

Redcar and Cleveland Council is meeting on Tuesday to set the budget for the coming financial year, and while it currently spends around pounds 5m in support of charities and voluntary groups, the council is having to make pounds 15m in cuts across the board.

Mum-of-three Sheila added: "The thing is, charities and projects like us rely on funding to tick over. So to be told this year 'you need to wait and see' won't do. So I have had to put the staff on notice. I'm devastated."

The Kara Family Project has been running for 13 years providing support to families, children and young people in South Bank, Grangetown and the surrounding area.

The project receives referrals from Redcar and Cleveland Children's Services, primary schools. the youth offending service, Sure Start and education welfare services.

The team also deliver after-school clubs, family mediation, parenting courses, support groups and counselling services in schools. …

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