Focus on Youth Charities - Children's World
The Somerset Youth Fund’s mission is to support innovative and effective solutions to issues faced by the most disadvantaged young people in Somerset today and to raise the aspirations and life opportunities of these young people.
Today, we feature a piece written by Paddy Hill, Co-Director of Children's World based in Glastonbury:
Over the years Somerset Community Foundation have helped us with various pieces of equipment that we have used successfully in our work with children with special needs and in our integration work with special needs and mainstream primary children.
Most recently, they helped us purchase new lighting and staging equipment which we use to produce large scale puppet shows created and performed by an integrated group of special needs and mainstream primary children.
This project is an invaluable tool that shows the positive outcomes of integration.We are constantly approached by parents of these children who tell us how the workshop week has affected their children; how new understandings have been reached and new relationships forged. The impact of these weeks regularly bring tears to the eyes of the parents.
Apart from the values of social integration, we are told by participating staff that the structure of the week allows the academic achievement of each pupil to be maintained and stretched without impacting on any other child's needs.
The most recent school taking part in this workshop was Brookside School in Street. Here are some comments from pupils and staff who took part:
".. thank you for making our week lovely!" pupil
"The children thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, especially working together and producing a show for their parents." class teacher
This project is extremely successful but can be expensive to produce. With help from the Somerset Community Foundation, we have been able produce these workshop weeks for a greatly reduced cost to us and to the participating schools.
You can find more information about Children's World here.
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