Youngsters reaching for academic success
Published by Sophie Willett for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
Young residents in Hackney have boosted their academic ability in English and Maths, with help from a generous £1,000 donation from Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund.
More than 200 youngsters, aged between nine to 14 years of age, have developed their capability and confidence in main curriculum subjects and have been applying their new skills during their first term back at school. The fun and dynamic mentoring classes were organised by local charity, ReachOut.
ReachOut is one of many community groups across England to benefit from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund. Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.
Over 90 per cent of parents believe their children had a rewarding experience from the one-to-one programme, while 84 per cent have seen a noticeable improvement in their English ability and 74 per cent have seen an overall improvement in their general academic performance.
While receiving beneficial support for Maths and English, the educational workshops were a fun and welcoming place to meet new friends. Enthusiastic young role models organised enjoyable activities to encourage team work, shape behaviour, combat negative influences and raise aspirations.
The charity has been working with children in disadvantaged communities for almost 20 years. In that time, ReachOut has improved self-confidence and enhanced the numeracy, literacy, communication and memory skills of countless young people in several communities across England.
Peter Blackwell, from ReachOut, said: “We are delighted with the success of our one-to-one programme in the Hackney area. The mentoring sessions were thoroughly enjoyed by all, with the young people learning through interactive and fun activities.
With the help of Sanctuary’s donation, we were able to spread the word of our literacy and numeracy classes more effectively, which resulted to a higher volume of youngsters attending this year compared to last.”
Meghan Zinkewich-Peotti, Sanctuary’s partnerships manager, added: “The ReachOut sessions have received fantastic feedback from our residents and we are all delighted that we were able to support such a rewarding charity.”
The Grand Ideas Fund is open for applications from charities, residents’ groups and voluntary organisations.
The fund is designed to support as wide a variety of projects as possible – from youth activities to the improvement of community facilities.
For details on how to apply, contact the Sanctuary Housing Community Investment team on 01905 334271 or email email@example.com.