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My name is Carla McCall and I'm the new Friends Charities co-ordinator.  

 
This is a new role for the Friends committee and I'd like to take a moment to share with you all a little bit about this important new additioin to the committee.
 
My job will be to help with the organization of selecting a new charity to support for 2016/17 and keeping all the parents informed on the fund-raising activities and where all the money earned is being distributed. I will start with a list of the suggested charities, will be a liaison between the school and the charity of choice,  track how much money is being raised, and share that information with everyone via a new section of the website that will be designed to keep everyone up to date of all our efforts and fund raising activities. 
 
With next year's charity choice happening soon, I would like to ask you all to share with me any ideas you may have regarding a charity for next years support. There are three things to keep in mind when nominating a charity as outlined below in an email from Janine, our chair. I would like to thank you in advance for your support & suggestions, and look forward to hearing from many of you.
 
Contact me here...
carlitamccall@me.com
 
CHARITY VOTE:
 
It is the policy of the Friends of KGPS to re-select their chosen favourite charity every two years in order to keep the children informed about the wealth of good causes that surround our community.  As such, during next term we will be selecting a new charity to support with our fund-raising for the school years 2018/19 - 2019/20
 
There are three parameters that govern the choice of charity:
•   They have to be local
•   They have to be child-centered
•    They have to be able to accommodate some involvement by our children with their good cause, so they can see their fund-raising being put to good use
 
We would like to invite our school community to nominate charities that fulfil these parameters to the Friends Committee between now and the end of term.  We will then ask the School Council to research each charity and present their findings to their classes.  The children themselves will decide which two charities they would like the whole school community to vote on - at which point we will set up a doodle poll to canvass votes from all our families within school to decide who will benefit from the Friends fund-raising, by the end of the summer term.  
 
The choice of charity is an important one in the life of our school, as they benefit significantly from the funds raised by the Friends through our social events and Summer fairs.  Two years ago, 'REACT' received in the region of £8000 over two years, and so far we have donated  £5000 to Shooting Stars Hospice.  Please support our children’s interest in these good causes, and let us know who you would like us to consider supporting over the next two years.

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About Me too & Co

 

Me too & Co provides a supportive and active community for children with disabilities and additional needs. We care for the whole family, providing opportunities to join in, develop and feel empowered. We want to remove the isolation that can be created for families and their children who have a disability or additional needs.

We were founded by a group of volunteers led by Anne-Marie Asgari in 2006 to fill a gap in the local community where there was a lack of support. Over the years we have grown organically and our mission is now to provide a one-stop shop providing therapies and creative activities for children and practical and emotional support for parents and carers.

We are based in Richmond-upon-Thames, but have an open door policy. Anyone, from anywhere, is welcome! Families come to us from many locations because of the unique way we provide the 360 degree support we do; supporting children and parents/carers at the same time, under one roof. We provide most services free of charge, or for a small donation.

We now support over 600 families, and the list is growing! Over the last 10 years we have held our sessions every Tuesday and Friday during term time where the activities and therapies on offer have grown and grown. During the last decade we have expanded from at first providing inclusive play sessions, to now offering a wide range of therapies and services that are often otherwise inaccessible to families. These include services such as hydrotherapy, inclusive activities like drama and karate, and free legal advice for Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Our independence as a charity means we are able to develop our programme in line with the needs of our families; something that has always been and remains important to us.

 

Our aims

 

We aim to reach out to and support all children with any disability and additional need (short or long term) and reduce the impact that this can have on accessing activities and their wider life experiences.

We aim to remove the exclusion that can develop from being unable to access mainstream nurseries, playgroups and classes due to a lack of understanding, facilities or knowledge.

We aim to offer support to the whole family. Siblings of children with disabilities and additional needs are provided with an environment where they can join in activities with their siblings, as well as accessing provision to help with emotional support and feelings of difference. Parents and carers are provided with therapy, advice, information and services to empower them as advocates for their children and to improve their quality of life. We support them throughout their journey, whether pre or post diagnosis, or if there is no diagnosis, or at any time.

We aim to include everyone, and exclude no one, dealing with any type of concern stemming from the disability and additional needs of their children.

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