We provide children who act as young carers for parents with educational help at our centre and other 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. Young carers may be having problems with bullying in school or mental health issues as a result. These children receive free of charge tuition at our centre to help boost motivation and confidence, and in turn, raise attainment at school.
We received funding from the British and Foreign School Society to run an after-school club for young carers at Bethany Junior School in Boscombe, Bournemouth. We currently have a group of young carers taking part in the club which will run until the end of the 2019 academic year.
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 gain the confidence and knowledge to secure their futures. We have received a grant of £3,000 from the John Ackroyd Charitable Trust which will has enabled us to provide part and full scholarships to children to attend our centre. We have teamed up with several local primary schools to offer children our scholarships, and are 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 are now accepting applications for free and reduced fee tuition to enable parents, guardians and carers to pay what they can afford. We are working hard to secure more funding to continue this project indefinitely.
More projects coming soon…