The charity awarded grants totalling £1,498,046 to over 80 organisations and causes in 30 years as a grant making trust. Some of the organisations it assisted wrote:
- “EK started her sessions in the summer term 2016 until the end of Summer term 2017. EK has really gained a great deal from having hippotherapy sessions. In particular: She has gained in strength. Her ability to do activities which involve her left and right sides working separately and together have come on hugely. She has gained in her confidence to communicate her ideas to others. and in her ability to follow one step and two step instructions. “All of the above are particularly challenging for EK and are an essential part of her goals.” (June 2017: £3,000 towards therapeutic horse riding at Chailey Heritage.)
- “The children and young people have had a remarkably good response to the ‘Home Club’. The number who wish to enter far exceeds the places available in the small community room. Home Club attendance is only allowed to children who are attending school. This has acted as a great incentive for those not in schools to attend. By working with the Traveller Education teacher in the Home Club the children are familiarised with school staff and understand that there will be support for them in-school. This had led to an increased take up of school places – particularly amongst children on the transit site who were not receiving any education prior to this. “Opportunities are taken to praise the children’s attendance. We funded an attendance and ‘on time’ award for the children. This was a great incentive to ensure that the children were talking to their parents about time out of school and being on time. Two boys won a £10 voucher each and an afternoon playing in the school’s ball pit – along with chosen non-Traveller friends. This went down very well and the other children have been spurred on to win this term!” (February 2017: £3,492 for an after-school club on a Brighton travellers site, organised by Friends, Families and Travellers.)
“We were delighted to receive a grant from Downlands Educational Trust in February 2015, to enable a one-day, in-house autism training course for education professionals. The valuable insight into the issues that those with ASD experience will be of great use to our education team. We have a better understanding of how ASD children might see the world.
“This will ensure that our teaching sessions are as inclusive as possible, and also enable us to develop programmes aimed at making ASD students feel as comfortable. The training was excellent quality, and all the team found it to be very valuable.” (February 2015: £780 to fund a course to improve ASD provision in Surrey wildlife education at Surrey Wildlife Trust.)
- “During the weekly session, the students participate in a range of activities including carpentry skills, health and safety knowledge, internet research and contributing to their personal work record books. The staff and our tutor reported that the students in the sessions were clearly engaged and motivated in their learning. Staff have reported on the very positive impact these sessions had on the individual students. The funding Clifton Hill received has enabled us to deliver one term of our carpentry and painting course. The students have had a wonderful and very busy term making CD racks, little cars and also Christmas decorations. For these students, the course provides not only practical skills but they also learn how to take turns, listen to our tutor and each other, follow simple and complex instructions, work as a group and individually.It provides them with important additional stimulus and encourages greater communication, gross and fine motor skills. Thank you Downlands Educational Trust for making this happen for these special students. It makes an enormous difference to the educational and social experiences these young people receive.” (February 2015: £2,000 towards a mobile construction classroom at Clifton Hill School, Caterham, in partnership with Surrey SATRO.)
“Downlands Educational Trust provided funding to purchase digital video cameras, professional tripods, boom poles and microphones for Moon Hall College. Students on the BTEC I&CT have been able to experience the process of planning, shooting and editing a film, and have really enjoyed using the equipment independently.
“Drama GCSE students have also been able to film their coursework pieces, and students on the BTEC Sport have used the equipment to capture practical sports performances. We envisage further uses of the equipment as we become more used to have such a dedicated facility. Many thanks from all at Moon Hall.” (February 2014: £1,328 for video and related equipment at Moon Hall College.)
“Very many thanks for the continuing support for disability cricket by Downlands Educational Trust. The recent Disability Cricket coaching session was attended by 14 coaches and run by 2 coaches newly trained under the scheme. The Sussex Cricket Board’s Disability Day in May attracted over 500 attendees.
“The course is needed to help meet the ever-increasing demand whilst giving the attendees the confidence to deliver high quality, engaging sessions. The newly qualified coaches will have a significant impact on the development of Disability Cricket across the county.” (June 2013: £1,800 to fund a UK Disability Inclusion Training Course for coaches, teachers and staff for Sussex Cricket in the Community Trust.)
Other projects and equipment funded in the charity’s last few years included:
- October 2017 and June 2018: 2 grants of £3,000 each for a laptop replacement programme at Step by Step School for Autistic Children, Sharpethorne, East Sussex
- June 2017 and June 2018: 2 grants of £3,000 each for a literacy support programme conducted by Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, nr Farnham, Surrey
- June 2017: £3,000 for a music therapy service at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth, Surrey
- February 2017: £2,330 to support volunteer reading helpers in Kent organised by Beanstalk
- May 2015: £1,785 to equip an outdoor education days project at Little Gate Farm, nr Rye, East Sussex