We are a lovely primary school based in Stockport with a passion for making a difference not just for our pupils and staff but the wider community.
We were kindly donated a discontinued school bus by Transport for Greater Manchester and our vision is to turn this into an Urban Retreat. The bus will be situated on the school playground and will act as a safe space, wellbeing area, a place of relaxation and contemplation, a place to take time out and reflect.
The impact of lockdown during the outbreak of COVID has impacted all of us in some way and now more than ever it is important to ensure we are looking after our mental health and raising awareness where possible. The Urban Retreat will not just be for the pupils of Greave but for the wider community where we will be encouraging and welcoming local groups/charities to collaborate with us and use our special one of a kind hub.
Our main objective is to raise money to install solar panels on the bus to provide the energy we will need for lighting/heating. As a school we want to make sure that we are doing our bit for the planet so the use of solar panels is really important to us. Solar power systems derive clean, pure energy from the sun helping to combat greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy also improves public health.
Within the bus itself there will be an array of areas including sensory, reading, music to name but a few and the transformation will be the ideas of pupils at Greave. The makeover will be eco friendly focussed too using donated/upcycled items. We are currently running a competition for pupils to decide what they would like to see included on the bus which would make a difference to their wellbeing and that of others.
The money we raise via Crowdfunder will make the dream of The Urban Retreat a reality.
A poem from Greave -
We are converting a bus for our pupils to use as an ‘Urban Retreat’!
A space to empower young minds and somewhere to rest their feet!
A chill out place, an area for the children to relax,
Promoting mental health and doing it to the max!
Using recycled materials, upcycling items that people no longer need,
Creating a sustainable space of the future, we know we can take the lead!
We want our Eco bus to have solar panels, that’s the dream,
With self-sufficient energy, building the ultimate ‘Green Machine’!
Eco bus at Greave… that's the future we believe!
Thank you for taking the time to read our story. We appreciate any support you are able to offer, whether this be a monetary donation or sharing/promoting our fundraising campaign and helping us to raise awareness of the importance of mental health