We are celebrating this week after we received the news that we have been given a four figure sum of money by the National Lottery Funding Scheme to build a sensory garden.
Fay Osbourne, commented on the grant saying; “This is our first significant grant for the hub since we opened a year ago, in fact we got the news of the award a day before our 1st birthday celebrations, so this gave us something extra to celebrate!”
“We are so excited to be able to bring this garden to our local community, having a safe place to play and explore locally is something that families and local residents talk a lot about. We are very much looking forward to making this initial idea a reality and getting lots of people involved along the way too!”
The funding will enable the us to instruct a landscaping organisation to Project Manage the design and build of the garden which will include zoned areas such as “sensory” with a music wall, touch & sound wall and a barefoot trail and sensory garden. A “nature” area which will enable them to create a wildlife zone with a look out hide, a wildflower meadow and a range of habitats to encourage urban wildlife and the growth of bio-diversity.
Miss Hobson added; “Receiving this grant is amazing and will enable us to develop our Hub even further, this is all down to the dedication and hard work of Fay, we cannot wait to see what this will offer to our local community.”
At Oasis Academy Warndon, we offer opportunities for extended learning with local families through the provision of their ‘Community Hub’ which is located at the front of the school.
The newly transformed building has been made very accessible to anyone in the local area who may need support. The community hub is central to the community work that we do and delivers a range of activities and support sessions including; holiday lunch clubs, fitness classes, job clubs, and community breakfasts.
We recently developed a partnership with Fortis Living, they worked alongside us to renovate and open the hub.
Plans have already begun to get the project started, and we are keen to ensure that this project continues past the end date of this funding and are committed to ensuring the space will become a well-used and maintained area by their volunteers and staff at the hub.