Read how Curo apprentice Bethan Squires helped to connect a school at the heart of Twerton with funding to take their forest school to the next level.
Earlier this year, Twerton Infant School in Bath published an appeal on social media asking people to help 'move the school beyond brilliant'. The school’s head teacher, George, asked for volunteers who could spare time or trade expertise to help out with some jobs around the school.
I previously knew George as Mr Samios, my old primary school teacher! So I contacted him to explain that I was now working in the area and wanted to see what Curo could do to help. I felt that as a housing association, there had to be something that we could do.
George told me that during the children’s lunchtime their allocated play time represents one fifth of the time that the children are at school. That’s equivalent to one day a week, totalling 1.4 years over the course of their primary school career – that’s why I felt even more committed to doing something towards this important play time.
Curo and Travis Perkins together provide a funding pot for local community initiatives. After a flurry of emails, we agreed that we could help and have provided £1,855 to help the school create a giant sandpit and a yurt for their forest school area.
The school is extremely grateful and is hoping that this will directly impact on the children living in the local community and will enhance their health and wellbeing.
Yesterday I visited the school to see their new yurt opened by the actor Kris Marshall, and to meet some of the children who will now get to benefit from this new play area. Currently a lot of their play is supported and sustained by parents who help keep the school tidy and take care of the surrounding areas. Without funding, the school wouldn’t be able to renovate the parts that need it to improve the children’s wellbeing at school.
I'm so pleased that Curo were able to help out the local school to improve their children’s play time and I hope the children will think so too. It’s been great to be a part of supporting the community and helping to improve the lives for children in the local area.
Pictured top of page: Bethan (centre) with, L-R, Curo apprentice Josie Tanner, actor Kris Marshall, head teacher George Samios and Jack Williams of Travis Perkins