Aberdeenshire Grants Awarded
The Jo Walters Trust is pleased to announce that the following 5 applications for funding through our Aberdeenshire Grants have been approved. As is clear from the detail below, the grants cover a wide range of extremely worthwhile activities across our sporting, educational, outward bound and environmental aims. We will provide updates on how these projects go as we receive them:
- Garioch Gymnastics Club: The Jo Walters Trust has provided a grant of £1,000 to help this very successful gymnastics club to be able to get their 10 athletes and their coaches to the national events they are competing in.
- Skill Force Scotland: We have made a grant of £2,000 to help fund a SkillForce programme of activities, awards and qualifications for 15 young people in S3 at the Gordon Schools in Huntly, building their skills, confidence and self-esteem. As part of the SkillForce back on track programme, the children will be encouraged to be aware of, and take responsibility for, the natural environment, navigate the countryside and demonstrate knowledge of the Countryside Code. They include the Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze), the National Navigation Scheme Award and a week of adventure activities set to the skills and confidence levels of the young people. We hope these unforgettable experiences make a lasting impression on our young people, driving a marked improvement in trust, attitude and maturity. The Skill Force team attribute much of their success to their inspirational instructors. 75% of the team in Scotland have served their country in the British Armed Forces and now provide excellent role models – something often lacking in these young people’s lives. Many have themselves come from challenging backgrounds and so can empathise with and support our young people lifting their aspirations and levels of achievement. Having served their country, they are now serving their local communities by making a real difference to the lives of young people.
- SCILL inform and support parents and professionals who care for children with additional support needs (ASN). They also run activities for children with ASN, currently swimming and dancing. Children with ASN struggle with self-esteem and confidence and find it difficult to access activities which their peers take for granted. The Jo Walters Trust has provided a grant of £1,390 to pay for swimming lessons that are run by their team of 6 volunteer swimming instructors. Children start with one to one lessons progressing to a small group if appropriate. Reports are issued termly and evaluation reports completed by parents, show huge appreciation of the service they provide for providing such an important life skill. The grant will cover costs of the swimming lessons for a year.
- Grampian Disability Sport plan to introduce a multisport event in Grampian - the Grampian Games in June 2015. This would allow athletes from across Scotland to travel to the North East and compete in the sports of Boccia, Bowls and table tennis. The Jo Walters Trust is providing £530 to cover the costs for doing this. Read about the event in the August 2015 Disability Sport Newsletter, produced by Sport Aberdeen.
- Monymusk Playpark Improvement Group: The Jo Walters Trust is providing £1,000 to purchase equipment to refurbish the playpark in Monymusk. The aim is to cater to a much broader range of the local community.