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Grants awarded by the Adnams Community Trust in January 2018

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

Adnams Community TrustOn 25 January 2018 the trustees of the Adnams Community Trust awarded £12,766 of grants to 12 worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold: Broome & Ditchingham Playgroup has 22 pupils aged between 2 and 5. It is open for 15 hours a week and is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. The trustees awarded a grant of £869.70 to purchase wooden children’s tables and chairs. St Edmund’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Bungay, has 82 pupils aged between 4 and 11. Admission is open to children from all faiths. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,523.91 to purchase new guided-reading books to give teachers a much bigger choice in the books they study with the children. Benjamin Britten Music Academy, Lowestoft, became a music academy in May 2016. The school believes those who wish to learn an instrument should be able to have their own instrument irrespective of whether their family can afford to buy one. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,192.50 to purchase a selection of instruments to be used by pupils at school, home and in the school orchestra. Woodlands Primary Academy in Bradwell has 415 pupils aged between 4 and 11 years. Pupils come from a range of backgrounds. Music is taught to all during class music lessons, but this work is restricted due to a lack of instruments. The trustees awarded a grant of £499.80 to purchase 15 glockenspiels so that pupils can learn to make music as an ensemble. P.L.O.T. CIC was set up in 2017 by a team of experienced professionals concerned about the rise in mental-health issues among children and the lack of support and educational opportunities for these children. P.L.O.T. offers personally tailored, therapeutic support for young people not engaged in mainstream education because of mental-health issues. The pupils will be given a chance to learn vocational skills and gain nationally recognised qualifications in a supportive and safe environment. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,400 to purchase woodwork benches, resources for woodwork and art and a computer for use by the young people. The Attic Pupil Referral Unit currently provides alternative provision across four sites for 70 children and young people experiencing social, emotional and mental-health difficulties, including ADHD, ASD and other complex conditions which put them at risk of exclusion from mainstream education. In 2018 the Attic will be opening a new centre within the Adnams Community Trust catchment area and the trustees awarded a grant of £956 to purchase an outdoor rower for this centre. Suffolk County Council’s Adult Social Care Service looks after a gentleman from Lowestoft who suffers from a movement-limiting condition. He currently spends all day in his wheelchair. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,875 to purchase a riser-recliner chair to improve his quality of life. Music in Our Bones provides accessible, therapeutic and community-building singing opportunities for people in Suffolk who experience disadvantage due to having a caring role or through physical or mental health issues. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,650 to pay for costs associated with running the HeartSong singing group in Carlton Colville. Bungay Town FC runs twelve junior teams and four adult teams. Around 130 boys and girls and 50 men and women regularly use the pitches, clubhouse and facilities. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a set of portable goals for children’s football. Southwold Rugby Club is located on Southwold Common and shares the pavilion with two other clubs. Between them the three clubs have over 600 members. The pavilion is also used for yoga and dance classes, meetings, conferences and by the Beach Mission. The trustees awarded a grant of £800 towards the cost of a defibrillator, to be fitted securely on the outside of the pavilion, available for all to use. Westleton Village Hall is well used by the residents of Westleton and the surrounding villages. The activities at the hall are particularly appreciated by the over 60s who make up over 60% of the local population. The trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of a new internal door as part of larger project to improve access to the hall. Mendham & Withersdale Village Hall is used for public and private events, by regular clubs and for exercise classes. The trustees awarded a grant of £500 to purchase a cooker with separate oven and grill.