Support from the Ballinger Charitable Trust is helping children with special education needs to take part and enjoy all that we do. Our grant is helping us to improve visitors’ experience, so that the whole of our centre takes the needs of children with disabilities into account.
With support from the Ballinger Charitable Trust, 608 children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities took part in a Seven Stories school visit or outreach session in 2012/13.
Favourable comments were received.
“Thank you to Seven Stories for giving our College a wonderful experience in our two visits. Thank you all for your patience with our special needs students and their needs; it was an experience they will never forget. I hope we will work together in the future.” Teacher
We have also been able to take part in a START Hospice Pilot Project, supported by Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts. Working with children with life-limiting illness, their families and siblings at our local hospice, we ran creative sessions that shared stories and helped families to make happy memories together. We created sensory environments, inspired by books – a beach and a jungle – to help us to bring stories to life in fun and interactive ways.
“Children have responded in ways that we have never seen before. Having smells and things to touch as part of the experience really brings the stories to life for some of the children, particularly for the children with profound and multiple learning disabilities.” Hospice Professional
Funding from the Ballinger Charitable Trust is helping us to involve children and families with disabilities and special educational needs. Crucially, it is helping us to understand the needs and experiences of these children and families in order that we can change and improve our practice so that it has lasting impact.
Kate Edwards – Chief Executive
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