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Care Link is an organisation that was formed in on 16th October 2004. Our primary function is to support the refugee community from Central Africa living in West Midlands (Rwanda, Burundi, D R Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Central African Republic) and offer a number of services to the community.

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The Saturday Homework Club project

Background
This project has provided high quality learning resources for parents to borrow and use at home with their children. The aim was to increase parents' involvement in their children's learning, and to support improvement in the children's attainment at school, in an area where there is little spare money for families to spend on educational resources.

What went on
The Saturday Homework Club was open twice a month on Saturdays. Computer software, games, puzzles, construction kits, science activities, English, Maths and books have been provided for it by Care Link West Mid. The organisation has employed three local parents volunteers (one of whom described this as their first "real job") to run the club. The resources were suitable for a wide age group, from babies to adults, with the most popular items being family board games. Science activities came a close second, and there was sometimes a waiting list for them: fathers tended to be particularly keen to borrow this kind of 'hands on' kit.

Results of the project
Within less than a year of its opening, 60% of refugee and asylum seekers from central Africa families had registered with the project and were using the club regularly - this figure has risen as new families joined the club. Volunteers reported that the parents valued the club and that children talk about the games and activities regularly at home: they are enthusiastic and there have been very few problems with attendance or absenteeism. Evaluation found that all the families in a sample of 34% of the club users were spending more time sharing books at home since opening the club; 80% of the sample were spending more time helping their children with school work; and 80% of the children were enjoying reading more.


PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Overall progress made to date on objective three:
No significant development made due to lack of funding to carry out activities related to this objective. But one training session to raise refugee awareness has taken place on 31 May 2005 thanks to kind support from members' contributions in raising fund.

RELIEF OF FINANCIAL HARDSHIP THROUGH JOB SEARCH & SELF EMPLOYMENT

Overall progress made to date on objective four:
No significant development made due to lack of funding to carry out activities related to this objective.


PARENTING

No significant development made due to lack of funding to carry out activities related to this objective apart from few meeting organised to plan fundraising events.

GENERAL SUPPORT

No significant development made due to lack of funding to carry out activities related to this objective apart from few meeting organised to plan fundraising events organised in December 2005 thanks to the contribution from Home office.

Encountered Difficulties:

  • The strategic planning was at every time under review hindered by the challenges in securing funding.
  • Contacts were not easy with our visitors as the whole year we were still looking for a suitable office.

 

Membership

Membership is open to individuals over eighteen or organisations who are approved by the Trustees.

The Trustees may only refuse an application for membership if, acting reasonably and properly, they consider it to be in the best interests of the Charity to refuse the application. There is a membership application available. A copy of this application may be requested by phoning our office on 0121 565 2612.

The Trustees will inform the applicant in writing of the reasons for the refusal within twenty-one days of the decision.

Once membership is approved, the details of the new member will be kept in our register of names and addresses of the members which is made available to any member upon request.

Charity information

Central Africa Refugee Link is a Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England No. 6218206 Charity Reg. No. 1109505.

Registered Office: Central Africa Refugee Link, 91 Hurst Road, Smethwick, Sandwell, West Midlands, B67 6LY, UK.

Tel/Fax: 0121 565 2612

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Care Link West Midlands was established  16th October 2004

We are not a grant making organization.