Sensory and Art Therapy - back to school support

by Friends of Shepherds Down School in Compton, England, United Kingdom

Sensory and Art Therapy - back to school support
We did it
On 4th August 2020 we successfully raised £3,647 with 57 supporters in 28 days

Our aim is to provide Sensory Processing and Art therapy to all children who need the additional support.

by Friends of Shepherds Down School in Compton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

£3,000 will cover the costs of our therapies from September to December and £6,000 will cover their costs through to March.  This would take pressure off our charity to fundraise through the Autumn term when we could likely see an increase in Coronavirus cases.

Friends of Shepherds Down School

The charity was founded to raise money to assist Shepherds Down School.  We aim to support and enhance the learning experience of all 158 pupils at the school who all have various disabilities and/or life limiting conditions, such as autism, epilepsy and celebral palsy along with severe learning difficulties and physical disabilities.

Why we need help

We fundraise throughout the year to raise money to fund various projects including music and art therapy as well as capital projects - we have recently replace the adventure playground.  We had planned a golf day, football event with dinner, Matt Le Tissier evening and our summer fair, which have all been cancelled.  We are looking to raise money from the community to support our activities from September.

Coupled with out lack of fundraising our families have experienced hardship throughout this period as they are forced to work from home, home school for children with different needs and complete therapy such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.  Many of our children have been shielding due to their health or that of a family member which has increased anxiety.

Our parents have done such a wonderful job in extremely difficult circumstances, however, they cannot replace the job done by teachers and therapists in the school environment.  We know that our children will be struggling with regression in terms of their abilities coupled with mental health worries and emotional regulation.

How will the money raised be used?

We intend to offer Emotional Literacy Through the Arts and the input of our Sensory Processing OT to all children who need the support from September.  Neither of these services are provided for either via the school budget or NHS.

Emotional Literacy Through the Arts

Many of our children are non-verbal or are more successful in situations where they can express themselves through other means, such as art.  Many also have significant difficulties with their Emotional Regulation.  They find it hard to identify and express emotions within themselves and to understand those of others, which makes life confusing and unpredictable.  During Lockdown many children have found the changes, the loss of schooling and the additional challenges within their families even harder to understand and manage and are therefore returning to school with a heightened need for emotional support.  This therapy allows children to learn to express themselves and their feelings through various art mediums.  The annual cost for this therapy is currently £10,000.


Sensory Processing:

Many of our children have difficulties with sensory processing, which means they find it difficult to receive and respond to information that comes in through their senses.  When the system does not function well, the result is agitation, lack of attention, anxiety, inability to ignore distraction and hypersensitivity.  This has a significant impact on their learning if not addressed.

We receive input from a specialist OT in this field and the programmes put in place are often referred to as a "sensory diet".  It can include regular exercise, bouncing on a trampoline, squeezing, wobble cushions, weighed jackets, etc.  The cost of this input is £2,000 a year.  We know given the prolonged period with little schooling for many of our children this will be a critical service from September.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

£15 Thank you via our school newsletter

Thank you include in our school newsletter which is sent out to parents.

£25 or more

0 of 30 claimed

£25 Thank you card

Our children create lots of artwork each year. This prize entitles you to receive a thank you card from our children.

£100 or more

£100 - sponsor our Christmas Fair

You can sponsor our Christmas Fair. You will be asked what details you would like to include whether you are an individual looking to support the school or perhaps a small business looking to support us and also advertise to our families.

£150 or more

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£150 - sponsor a class for Autumn Term

Sponsor one of our classes for Autumn term to receive a personalised thank you from the children and details of your sponsorship on our school notice board which is within school. We will send a photo of this noticeboard to you should we still be unable to allow visitors.

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