Friends of St Anne’s

Community grant award

Awarded a £1,000 grant

The Friends of St Anne’s awarded £1,000 to buy new equipment for youngsters with extra needs at the Welton school

Friends of St Anne’s

Amanda Best, chair of Friends of St Anne's, said:

"We are extremely grateful and overwhelmed for the support we received and wish to thank everyone who voted for us.

"This grant will enable us to provide much needed equipment and activities for the students at the school."

St Anne’s is a community special day school, based in Welton, East Yorkshire, with residential provision, catering for two to 19-year-olds. We provide a quality, inclusive education for pupils with severe learning difficulties and those with profound and multiple needs.

The Friends and Parents Committee is a small charity constitution, registered charity number 201794 that was started in September 2011 by a few parents of the school. Our purpose is to raise funds to provide education, equipment, recreational and leisure time opportunities for the children. We work alongside the school to ensure the children and young people access opportunities and take part in off-site activities to promote inclusion, well-being and being involved within the local community.

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Please outline how the KCOM Community Grant will be used

  • If we were successful in our grant application we would spend the grant on the wish lists we have received from the classes within school. This ranges from blow up gym balls for PE, CD players for each class for interactive music and dance sessions, portable sensory equipment that each class can access. We need power tools for the 6th form to enable them to continue to learn life skills through their woodwork classes.

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      We would also like to arrange specialist activities such as visit to a local arts centre to take part in pottery classes, arrange for our children and young people to access sports sessions such as swimming which is very popular amongst the classes. Costs of these vary from £7.95 for the gym balls to £150 for pottery session. All of the money would be allocated across the whole of the school so each class could have something from their wish lists and also where items can be shared. We would also like to purchase items for the nurture room which benefits the children for their health and wellbeing.

Which members of the community would benefit from the grant?

There are 160 children and young people who attend our school/residence who by being able to have items on their wish list, will benefit and enhance their quality of life. This includes opportunities for learning, promoting inclusion, sharing with their peers and giving our youngsters experiences that they may not usually have. This will support their social and emotional well-being, encourage interaction and help participation in group activities and happy times with their friends.

How much funding are you seeking? Please give details of full project costs

We are seeking £1,000 to buy gym balls for PE, portable sensory equipment, CD players for each class.

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