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Funding awarded to develop online version of the SFSC parenting programme

The Foundation has been awarded a grant by the London Community Response Fund to develop an online version of our Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) parenting programme, so that parents can continue to get support even when they cannot attend face to face programmes due to the current context of lockdown and social distancing.

The SFSC groupwork programme would usually have been delivered across at least 22 London Boroughs to around 1000 parents each term. The social-distancing measures caused all programmes to stop midway through with services being withdrawn and agencies searching for alternative ways to continue to support children and young people to remain safe. The majority of these families survive on low incomes (two thirds of the families attending SFSC have incomes of £10k or less) and live in cramped accommodation.

Covid-19 and the lockdown has been especially hard for these families, parents who were already struggling are now at home 24 hours-a-day with limited resources; with essential support services no longer available.

The funding will allow us to deliver a shortened online version of the Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities (SFSC) Parenting programme to around 150 vulnerable families over the next three months and to build the course so that many more parents can benefit from it thereafter.

Jabeer Butt, CEO of Race Equality Foundation said: “By opening
the door to online provision, potentially we will expand the range of support open to black and minority ethnic children and their families, who are often at the cutting edge of disadvantage. If we are able to replicate the success of our face-to-face provision, we are likely to expand support
provision for other children and their families who also experience disadvantage.”