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HELP SAVE THE CHILDREN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Help tackle child poverty by supporting the Save the Children Christmas bazaar and coffee morning on 27th October between 10am and 1pm.

This is one of several events in the fund raising calendar for the Wallingford and District branch of the charity which raises on average some £6,000 a year to help build a better life for children both in the U.K. and around the world. You can visit http://www.savethechildren.org.uk to find information about where the money is spent.

"In the UK, Save the Children today operates a multi faceted programme to tackle child poverty,” says Celia Collett.“We undertake campaigning, policy and advocacy work alongside our two core programmes. These are:

Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! : a grant programme designed to support children and families in the most desperate need. It directly provides them with household essentials, such as a child’s bed, a cooker or educational books and toys. It also includes a benefits check to help people access the money that may be available to them through benefits, and volunteer support to help families undertake simple DIY tasks to improve the home environment for children. The programme helps us evidence the effects of severe poverty on children and inform our calls for policy change.

“Families and Schools Together:We want to give children a permanent route out of poverty too. Education is the key to breaking the vicious cycle that keeps people poor – generation after generation. That’s why our award-winning Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme helps children in some of the most deprived areas the UK do well in the classroom. It builds stronger relationships between parents, children, teachers and their communities. Results prove that it makes a real difference. Teachers reported a 10% improvement in children's reading, writing and maths after completing the FAST programme; there was a 52% reduction in poor child behaviour at home, and a 40% reduction of poor behaviour at school. 90% of parents said they had stronger relationships with their child.

“Save the Children works anywhere in the world where we see injustice to inspire breakthroughs for children; we save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfill their potential.The UK is no exception. We believe no child should live in poverty or have their life chances ruined by deprivation"

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