Supplementary education for children acting as young carers for parents
Our first project is to provide children who act as young carers for parents with educational help at local centres. Acting as a young carer is a big responsibility, which can lead to spending time out of school, having little time to complete homework, and perhaps not having the support necessary at home. They may be having problems with bullying in school or mental health issues as a result. We have discussed and confirmed our project with both Bournemouth and Poole Councils who have identified the need for further supplementary education for these children, and they have provided us with local centres close to their homes for this. We were recently awarded £9,600 from the National Lottery Awards for All to fund this project. We plan to begin in the Autumn term.
Affordable fees for all – part and full scholarships
We want children from all backgrounds to have access to supplementary education, whether or not their families are able to afford the tuition fees. Our aim is to provide equal opportunities for all children to be able to have the confidence and knowledge to secure their futures. We have received a grant of £3,000 from the John Ackroyd Charitable Trust which will enable us to provide part and full scholarships to children to attend our centre. We are in the process of teaming up with local primary schools to offer children our scholarships, and are already supplementing the cost of our programming workshops, Power Learners, with this money. We have been able to dramatically cut our fees for this as a result of the grant we received.
We hope to be able to offer fees on a sliding scale to enable parents to pay what they can afford, in time when we can access further funding.
Supplementary education for children with long term illness
Our second project is still in the early stages. We are hoping to set this up once we have our first project firmly established. We want to provide supplementary education to children who have been out of school for long periods of time due to illness, either ongoing or during recovery. We want to be able to give the support they may need during their time in hospital, at home, or during their reintegration into full time school.
More projects coming soon…