Rushden charity forced to reduce its services

Youngsters who used the service by FAIR had a goodbye party at Park Road Baptist Church
Youngsters who used the service by FAIR had a goodbye party at Park Road Baptist Church

A charity which provides a vital lifeline for families has had to reduce its services because of funding cuts.

Family Action in our Region (FAIR) in Rushden has been forced to axe services such as its after-school club and its supported contact service which helps separated parents who are not allowed to have custody of their child to be able to meet their youngster in a safe and friendly environment.

The charity is waiting to hear back from about 25 organisations which it has put funding bids in to and is working hard to be able to put on as many services as possible for the start of the new school term in September.

General manager Chrissy Aldwinckle said: “During the past 18 months to two years we have lost out on a significant amount of funding so we’ve had to cut back on a lot of services.

“We’ve put in funding bids to lots of organisations – it’s almost a full-time job just doing applications.

“We’re planning what services will be available from September.

“There will still be services such as our family one-to-one services but we will have to reduce them.

“Our family support team has had to go down from one full-time worker and four part-time workers to one part-time worker.

“It’s a very sad time for FAIR but we’re not winding up – we will be bringing back as many services as possible in September.”

The charity has also had to cut back on its Petal group for parents which included a creche for children and enabled parents to take part in activities such as CV writing. In its place FAIR is running a coffee morning for parents on Monday mornings.

At the end of last month FAIR also said goodbye to The Go Wild Club which is an after-school club for children. The charity has been running an after-school club for the past 12 years. Its members put on a show and held a party to mark their final two meetings.

During the holidays FAIR will continue to run its holiday play scheme in Raunds for disabled children and their siblings.

Anyone who can help FAIR with funding, or wants to find out more about the charity, can call 01933 419418.