Supporting students throughout the COVID-19 Crisis
We’re extremely proud to say that 471 of our student tutor pairings have moved online and are using our chosen platform Bramble to continue their weekly tutorials. Where this hasn’t been possible our staff are working hard to find alternatives, matching up new pairings and keeping in touch over the phone. We’ve had some great feedback from students, many of whom have told us that it has helped them to stay engaged and motivated.
Our University Access Officers are carrying out regular mentoring sessions with students. They are keeping them up to date with the latest developments on exams, grading and university access with easy to use factsheets. They have been working with schools to understand workload and pressure and to make sure there’s a coordinated approach. Sometimes it’s most important for them to just be there to listen to students’ worries about the future.
Supporting staff & volunteers
Throughout COVID-19 the safety of everyone involved with The Access Project has been at the front of our minds. Pausing face-to-face tuition and mentoring was inevitable, but we set about making sure that both could continue virtually. Our University Access Officers were given technology to work remotely and familiarised with the online learning platform so that they could support our tutors. UAOs are there to answer any questions from our volunteers. Our stringent online safeguarding guidelines have been adapted further to better protect everyone.
Treloar’s started in 1907 when the then Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir William Purdie Treloar, set up a ‘Cripples’ Fund’ as his mayoral appeal. His aim was to build a hospital and school outside the city for children with non-pulmonary tuberculosis. On 13 June of that year, he wrote in his diary that Her Majesty Queen Alexandra ‘came to Mansion House to open the Queen’s Fete in aid of my Cripples’ Fund’. In 1908, Sir William opened his school and hospital in Alton, Hampshire. Since then, Treloar’s has steadily grown and developed, becoming one of the country’s leading providers of education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training for disabled young people.
The Wye & Usk Foundation is a charity concerned with ecology and more specifically, restoring the habitat, water quality and fisheries of the rivers Wye and Usk. We are the largest rivers' trust in England and Wales in terms of output and a leader in our field, developing new techniques and delivering improvements for the aquatic environment. The Foundation was formed in 1995 due to the alarming decline in Atlantic salmon and that very little was being done to address the serious problems facing the rivers Wye and Usk. Since then, we have worked with a range of partners and the wider public in a series of projects to remedy these issues. This has been to the benefit a wide range of flora and fauna, along with local communities and the economy.
We are much more than just a lobbying charity. First and foremost, we are a "doing" organisation with track record in delivering results for the environment.
Through a series of partnership projects, we remedy problems affecting the two rivers such as habitat degradation, poor water quality and diffuse pollution, over-abstraction, barriers to fish migration and over-exploitation of our fisheries. We bring the economic benefits of our environmental work to local communities.
The Mansion House Fuel Fund (Dublin)
The Mansion House Fuel Fund dates back to 1891, and was set up by Sir John Arnott in 1891 to assist the needy during a harsh winter. Traditionally, the fuel fund provided coal to those who could not afford to heat their homes. At the end of each winter, the surplus was carried over to the next year, and the Mansion House Fuel Fund has brought aid to the needy in Dublin since 1891. It is one of the oldest charities in Dublin.
The Mansion House Fuel Fund distributes all funds raised among charities that include the St Vincent De Paul, Dublin Simon, Abbey Presbyterian Church hamper fund, and St Thomas the Apostle Parish in Jobstown, Co Dublin. The Mansion House Fuel Fund distributes cash grants without any distinction of creed. It was one of the first truly ecumenical charities in Dublin.
Friends of Arundel Castle Cricket Club
The Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation reports that whilst the COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact, it is one they have been well-placed to cope with.
Director, Tim Shutt notes that his primary sadness relates to the vast numbers of London based children unable to visit Arundel to experience the Foundation's education-rich provision.
The logistical challenges posed by school trips and residential stays have suspended much of the initial planned programme activities, but the Foundation has acted with creativity and agility in providing an alternative range of programmes to meet their charitable objects, focussing on children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and local children, starved of physical activity and social interaction from mainstream schools.
Community cohesion remains high on the national agenda and we can play a big part in bringing communities together here at Arundel.Whilst it is of course a year no-one could have envisaged, I remain as positive about the future here as I did when I came into the organisation, determined to create positive and highly effective experiences for vast numbers of individuals and communities for many years to come.
Tim Shutt - Director