Charity and Voluntary Sector

DCSF: Ed Balls and Michael Palin have launched a new programme to support teachers to help children who stammer and announced its roll out to schools across the country.  Ed Balls has committed £500k to ‘kickstart’ the appeal to help the Michael Palin Centre expand their services in London & the South and to support a new centre of excellence in the North of the country.
Funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the programme offers information, advice & training materials and follows the Bercow review of speech, language and communication needs, where communication was highlighted as a key skill children need to succeed.
Produced by the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, the programme aims to reduce the impact that stammering can have on children’s psychological development and their ability to form friendships so they can engage fully in education and achieve their potential.
Press release ~ The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children ~ DCSF:  Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Action ~ Bercow Review ~ Teachernet, Stammering ~ British Stammering Association ~ I CAN ~ Royal College of S & L Therapists ~ Afasic ~ Speech and language therapy : Directgov
BIG: As part of the first ever National Family Week in May this year, a competition was launched with the aim of finding a new idea that would improve family life in the UK.  NFW partnered with the Big Lottery Fund who pledged to provide £150,000 towards turning the winning idea(s) into a reality.  
NFW and BIG have now announced the 3 winning ideas, which panel of judges selected because they felt they would have a significant impact in improving family life across the UK.
Press release ~ National Family Week ~ The BIG Family Idea(s) ~ BIG Lottery Fund
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