The work of the Association enjoys wide-spread support throughout the community, as they celebrate their 8th year of establishment. However, some programme elements are less embedded in the local community due to their more recent introduction. In addition, it is common that information about programmes does not reach underprivileged families. In some cases, the organisation has also faced organisational challenges due to capacity shortages.
To help address these challenges, the Foundation is supporting the employment of three community assistants for one year (October 2019 – October 2020). The pilot will test whether the employment of community assistants can lead to a smoother operation and greater impact of the Complex Educational Programme by ensuring: information reaches all families, community members better understand which opportunities are available, plus they are motivated and supported to take full advantage of the programmes. The programme also aims to provide development opportunities for the community assistants whose professional trajectory could take a new turn, after gaining valuable experience in the charity sector.