Launch of The Adamson Scholarship
Earlier in 2014, The Children’s Foundation was given £100,000 by the trustees of the John and Florence Adamson Trust to support the charity’s mental health aims and enabled them to create a scholarship programme in partnership with the Northumberland College’s, Kirkley Hall Campus
We launched the project in September 2014 at a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school in North Tyneside, with a group of vulnerable children. We are seeing some fantastic results in terms of the young people’s personal skills – interaction, independence and attention.
The scholarship provides support and tuition, each year for a group of six Year 11 pupils from Southlands School in North Tyneside to develop sufficient confidence in gardening and practical horticulture to complete the City and Guilds Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture.
Sean Kirkup, Gardening Support Tutor at Southlands School said, “Southlands School supports those with moderate learning difficulties and we have a long history of involving our students in caring for our school garden.
“Many students have developed an interest in horticulture, which has given them an interest outside of the classroom. We are incredibly grateful to The Children’s Foundation and the Adamson Trust as we are now able to offer our students a Level 1 Award in horticulture giving the younger students something to strive for and the older students the opportunity to achieve a qualification and the chance to develop this interest.
“Our students are now working with tutors from Northumberland College and visiting the Kirkley Hall campus to further develop their knowledge.”
Course units include the propagation and establishment of plants and maintenance of tools and equipment. So far the students have planted several raised beds and grown plants from seed.
Lee McNulty, Horticulture Lecturer and Assessor at Northumberland College, said: “The scholarship scheme provides a great opportunity for these youngsters to take the first steps in gaining a qualification in horticulture.
“It’s important for these young people to be ambitious, creative and eventually have practical horticulture skills that will provide them with employment opportunities, but they also need to have fun and gardening is a great therapy for everyone.”
Due to the positive impact of the scholarship we are really keen to grow this project around the region, to allow those children who maybe academically challenged or have social, emotional and behavioral difficulties the opportunity to thrive.
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