Landscapes Naturally help Vale of Evesham School with playground project
WEN member Felicity Robinson, from Landscapes Naturally, has helped Vale of Evesham school to secure over £25k from several grant bodies through fundraising, for their on-going playground development project.
The fundraising Felicity has helped carry out with the school is just one of many successful fundraising projects she has supported over the past 20 years. With the Vale of Evesham schools fundraising, Felicity spent time understanding the needs of the school and drafted a ‘Vision Plan’ for the school’s grounds, along with a detailed site analysis and assessment, including a review of opportunities and constraints. The plan helped the grant bodies understand why the school required the grant and also where the funding would be used.
Not only this, but Felicity also engaged with children, parents and staff at the school, through discussing different ideas, which ensured that a wide range of views were heard – all of which were taken into consideration when the overall brief was formed.
Day-to-day, Felicity encourages schools to involve the whole school community within any physical changes they make to the school environment. She feels that by allowing students to help plan changes to their school environment, students can be simultaneously encouraged to practice and carry out the following in a fun and more interactive way: practical maths tasks, problem solving, debates, writing for a purpose and the application of speaking and listening skills. Not only this, but Felicity also feels that through involving children in this way, they become proud of their achievements and will therefore go on to learn and engage more effectively.
Grant giving bodies often require evidence of the involvement of the whole school community, and beyond, to qualify for consideration for grant funding. The ‘photo stories’ and reports produced by Felicity helped provide this evidence for the Vale of Evesham School.
Felicity can help schools in the heart of England and beyond to meet grant criteria, and therefore attain the funding needed to improve both their student’s learning environment and the environment in which they play.
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