Derbyshire youngsters star in special film talking about how sensory room changed their lives
Youngsters from a school in Derbyshire have starred in a special online film created to showcase how a Central England Co-op funded chill out room has made a major difference to their lives.
Edward Rafferty and Edward Rafferty, both 12, helped created the movie to talk about how a grant of £2,580 from retailer’s Community Dividend Fund had made a big impact on their lives and the lives of other children with autism and special needs at Long Eaton School, in Thoresby Road, Derbyshire.
Edward Bancroft said: “I absolutely love the chill out room because it is a great place to go when you are stressed out and you need to calm down.
“It is very relaxing and it has a very smoothing atmosphere.”
Edward Rafferty said: “If I ever come in and I am upset and angry, I can say ‘Can I go into the chill out room?’ and it is a place where I can relax.”
Teachers from the school worked with Variety the Children’s Charity (Midlands) to secure the funding which helped create the room and kit it out with sensory items such as bubble tubes and a projector.
John Presley, Manager of the Autism Resource Centre at the school, said: “School can be a very busy, very bustling, very chaotic and some of our students struggle in this environment – this is why we decided to set up the chill out room.
“When we found out we had secured the funding, I was quite taken aback. The whole process was seamless. I would recommend it to anyone in a similar situation.”
Charlotte Walker, from Variety, said: “Schools just don’t have the funding to pay for a space of calm that so many children of Long Eaton require.
“The impact that the funding has had has been incredible.
“I would highly recommend people apply for the Community Dividend Fund. It is easy to do, there are people on the end of phone who can help and it is set up benefit communities. The impact it can have can make a real difference.”
People can see first-hand the impact the project has had by watching a specially created film at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5BfFGmpehU&t=2s
Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are handed out every three months to a wide range of applicants as part of the Community Dividend Fund.
The fund guarantees that at least one per cent of the Society’s trading profit is reinvested in local communities.
People can apply for funding by visiting https://communities.centralengland.coop
Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund.
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Picture caption: Edward Bancroft and Edward Rafferty are both part of a new film which highlights how a Central England Co-op grant has supported a vital project at Long Eaton School.
Embed code: Please use the link below to use the film on your website or social media channels.
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About Central England Co-operative
Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK.
It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property investment.
Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2018.
Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility. It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence. The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.
Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.
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Rob Smyth / Heather Clapton at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140