Project information

Nourish, Flourish, Cherish

We help learning disabled and children with special needs from disadvantaged backgrounds to beat barriers such as financial, social, and academic limitations so that they have every chance to function at school and at home.We offer additional therapy,homework support and recreational activity free.

March 2017 - March 2018

Charity information: Blooming Blossoms Trust

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  • Need

    Need

    Students struggling are often tutored in SEN rooms. This is a solution when a child requires individual attention or quiet space to succeed, for many, the problem is more complex. Children may lack ability to process information coherently; concentrate; or challenged by sensory issues. This means that generic tutoring will be largely ineffective. Specialists recommend Occupational Therapy. Albeit our users are facing strained budgets and the £45-£200 per therapy session is not feasible.

    Solution

    Kids will have better chances in life: We have chosen to help our struggling children with OT as this intervention contributes to users’ acquisition of key skills, which are vital not only for their academic abilities in the present,but are essential in helping children anticipate an independent, successful future. Following instructions, concentration,structured thinking, fine/gross motor skills,functional literacy and numeracy – these are all skills needed to function, at home and at work.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To grant disabled children access to supplementary learning so can function at school and at home.

    Activities

    » We offer the use of our equipped OT and sensory haven where children can gather in a safe environment, play and experiment whilst honing life skills.
    » Free individual & group therapy for mainstream children who don`t have a learning support statement(EHCP) and can`t afford extra academic support.
    » Daily homework help support in a relaxed and friendly environment.

    Each child will be evaluated. Therapy targets will be drawn with child`s stakeholders.Observations,feedback, teachers and therapist reports will be target indicators of success.


    Aim 2

    Eliminate prejudices in mainstream classrooms and in social settings to learning disabled children.

    Activities

    » We partner with participating schools and invite kids to use our fun premises during free hours.We run activates on differentiation and respect.

    Disabled children will be invited to share feelings about how accepted and respect they feel. We will conduct surveys in school to measure reduction of bullying.


    Aim 3

    To support parents to navigate through educational services and provide emotional support

    Activities

    » Lighthouse empowers and supports parents at monthly support groups with special educational guest speakers.
    » Lighthouse confidential hotline support for parents of learning disabled children.

    At conclusion of project we aim for 60% of NEET volunteers to either register for education, particularly in childcare/therapy sector or to secure a job via email correspondence.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our key improvement is that;
    Children, particularly learning disabled children will have better chances in life as they will master key life and learning skills. In this respect they will enjoy equal chances to reach the peak of their potential regardless of poverty and learning disabilities. This can not be measured against other children as we respect that each child is unique! However our observations and reports of each child`s progress will signal success.
    Success will boost self-esteem..

    Risk

    There is a risk that learning disabled children will be reluctant to utilize our therapy and homework support due to stigma involved; to circumvent this risk we are opening our facilities for public play during free hours so that this room should not be associated with learning disability. Wee have also planned an awareness campaign educating local children to be more accepting.

    Reporting

    We will offer to share our non confidential progress report, monitoring and evaluation on a consistent basis. Donors are welcome to visit our club when we are open to all children( and not just learning disabled users, due to confidentiality)
    Additionally we will utilize social media ton report...

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,000 Renovations Renovating storage room into an OT room
      £18,000 OT Equipment OT, sensory and Play Therapy Eqipment
      £8,000 Furniture 5 Table and Chair sets, Lockers, Bean Bag Courches
      £15,000 Therapist Fees 2 Therapist 7 hours weekly each
      £7,000 Volunteer Costs Monthly Training, OT Teacher Assistant Course, Ongoing Support
      £18,000 Learning Assessment Initial Individual Learning Evaluation, Monthly Monitoring and Reports
      £8,000 Refreshments and Trips Fruit, Snacks, Incentives and Trips
      £12,000 Project Manager and admin Project Manager, Safety Officer, Insurance, Publicity and Admin
  • Background

    Location

    We are based in North East London and in 20% most deprived areas in England (Knowing our Communities). There is regional need for homework support for learning disabled children ; considering demographics,poverty and low skill level in the area. There are 6427 learning disabled children in Hackney`s schools(facts and figures,2016)
    Overcrowding affects 32% of households in Hackney; links show that lack of space affects learning(Child poverty Needs Assessment `14 & Educational Outcomes `15)

    Beneficiaries

    Mostly local mainstream children with mild to moderate learning disabilities and special needs children of both genders who are also experiencing poverty or family dysfunction and thus can not afford to self-fund the additional support they desperately require.
    During free hours when facility is not used for therapy all children -general public will be welcome to utilized our supervised and equipped facilities.
    NEET volunteers will benefit from relationships and training which we offer.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Blooming Blossoms Trust feels confident to and deliver this project due to :
    similar success: We have piloted a therapy and homework club with 18 developmentally and learning disabled children.100% of users mastered key life skills such as self care, numeracy and literacy.
    User request and relationship.A steering group of users requested use to expand this project to cater to more need. We have rapport & trust with users.
    Staff expertise and credential
    Public support
    Organisation track record

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Mr M Weinstein

    Mr Weinstein is our project manager, As therapist, father and Sen Head he has a wealth of experience and patience for developmentally delayed kids.

    Miss Gelly Fried, Volunteer

    Gelly knows Disability;she is still beating her dyslexia and is determined to help kids fight it as well. She is an author and trains as therapist.