2020/2021 Reflections Update
2020 was the year when trustees decided to 'mothball' the charity, so as better to understand the potential for moving the charity forward in 2021 or to take the decision to wind up the charity.
As all ongoing projects had come to an end, it was decided not to apply for funding in 2020 until there was clarity about the future:
2020 turned out to be a difficult year in many ways.
Looking forward to 2021, there remains much uncertainty, not least due to the continuing impact of Covid 19. The trustees are aware that there is a need to start applying for funds again, particularly for core costs; funding to cover basic administration costs will be imperative for LOT to move forward on any projects.
To assist with this, the trustees have identified two potential new trustees who have been involved with LOT over many years and who have professional experience very relevant to running a charity successfully.
The aim of the charity, to help raise achievement and self-esteem of young people on the Lizard remains the same. As we consider possible new projects, we look to build on the pilots of Springboard; these focussed on communication in its widest sense but especially focussed on children who may have extra needs in developing communication skills.
We understand that 2021 will be a year of uncertainties and in particular for schools, with which we have historically collaborated. We realise that any activities which are designed to take place indoors should be left for another time. Hence, the focus of our activities from 2021 will be those taking place in the outdoors, in the countryside, by the coast, in the open air. We hope in this way to continue to add value to the learning experience of young people and as always, include and involve adults as friends, mentors, fellow-learners.
We are tentatively becoming a little excited; but we are also very conscious that raising funds to deliver a substantial programme of activities will require a sustained effort.
Throughout this transitional period, the trustees have been indebted to the support and sound advice of our company secretary and financial advisor Jacquie Pascoe, our accountant James Hodgson and our website manager Alan Rowntree.
2019 Reflections Update
This year LOT continued to work on the Springboard project with funding from Awards for All.
The aim of Springboard is supporting meaningful communication between children.
The Objective of Springboard is to launch projects that will support children communicating with each other in a variety of ways; at the forefront will be enabling any child to communicate in a meaningful way with those who may have extra needs.
The Outcomes of Springboard will see children have an increased awareness and understanding of different approaches and acquisition of skills needed for them to communicate confidently with all their friends. LOT will support others already working on similar objectives
The Sensory Garden. With additional funding LOTís involvement with the Sensory Garden was able to continue. Work has continued in conjunction with a local community group to ensure there is a future for the garden when fully handed over to the community.
Makaton. One of the most successful aspects of Springboard has been the provision of Makaton classes to local primary schools. This year the reach of the project was expanded to further primary schools and was received well by those who took up the opportunity. LOT continues to believe that providing children and young people with an alternative means by which to communicate is advantageous for those with additional needs but also in assisting with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Lead Teacher: During Autumn term 2018 all the children were very fortunate to have a Makaton lesson every week. Vicky Allen who represents the Lizard Outreach Trust was great at teaching the children Makaton using fun songs and words which were relevant to them and their lives. By Christmas, the pupils knew many songs and were confident to perform them in public.This valuable communication tool is extremely important and has a place in any classroom as an effective way of communicating in a calm and mindful manner. The pupils always enjoyed Mrs Allen's visits and engaged in the lessons with interest and enjoyment.
Magazine The magazine project has continued and involves a group of young people from different local schools, producing content to create a magazine for their peers under the supervision of Vicky the project co-ordinator.
Alan Rowntree has continued to maintain and update our website www.lizardoutreachtrust.org
The trustees agree that the future of LOT will be dependent on sourcing new trustees to further the work done. As a result, the trustees intend to take a period of 6 months (June 2019 to December 2019) during which they will reduce outgoings and focus on trustee recruitment. This time period coincides with the end of our current grant funding from Awards for All.
Subsequent events of 2020 have made their impact on the aims and potential role of the charity in our community.
An in-depth reappraisal of need, relevance and viability is essential; future plans are dependent on many, as yet
unknown, factors. In light of current circumstances, the trustees will 'mothball' the charity and not provide
any learning activities for young people of the Lizard during the rest of this financial year.
After which, and at a suitable moment, a decision will be taken as to whether the charity can continue
or will be wound up completely.
2018 Reflections Update
We have continued the Springboard project, thanks to a grant from Awards for All. The grant covers the salary of our Projects co-ordinator for one day a week and provides resources for the Sensory Garden, Makaton and the Magazine.
Outcomes for each aspect are being achieved see 2017 Reflections Update. Through private donations, we have been able to cover overhead costs.
Without the initial generous grants from The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund and The Cornwall Community Foundation Comic Relief Community Cash programme, LOT would have been unable to develop this project in a substantial way.
Looking ahead to 2019 we intend to introduce Makaton into another 2 primary schools and possibly a community group.
In 2019 funding applications will be submitted to continue Springboard for at least another year and hopefully more, since the feedback is so positive. We piloted the Makaton with pre-school Little Lizards and parents asked us to offer a few sessions to Little Piskies; these will be evaluated.
We have been encouraged by professionals' assessment of the value of a sensory garden: 'The Outdoor environment is one of the best multisensory spaces we have, full of accessible sights, sounds, textures, smells and even tastes.' - Joanna Grace: Sensory and Inclusion specialist.
2017 Reflections Update
The NAME Springboard was chosen for our projects' agenda in 2017.
The Sensory Garden took shape in a field opposite Coverack Primary School. This is a work in progress as we wait to see if the bulbs come up and the other plants survive the weather! In addition to the initial grant from an individual, LOT received help with equipment from a local builders merchant and a £300 grant from Galaxy Chocolate. Physical help and advice was generously given by the Gardening Club in Coverack, Coverack School's PTFA and Young Farmers. The children were very "hands on" helpers, while learning why the scent and feel of some plants would be especially exciting for a visually impaired person, why the colours and design would be stimulating for a non-verbal or deaf child, why the smell of plants can be good for everyone! .. why working with young adults and older adults on a project can be fun and you learn lots! It has a mention in their magazine. (see below) Our initial grant has now been spent and the school has taken over the garden's maintenance and supervision.
"It was really important to learn Makaton because when you meet someone who only speaks Makaton you can make friends with them. I like being able to chat to Elodie." - pupil
"I enjoyed it because now Elodie can understand what I am saying. I met someone the other day who knew Makaton and I could say hello and tell him my name was Arthur and that was cool." - pupil
"I am overjoyed that my Children are being given the opportunity to learn Makaton. In such a diverse society, it is a massive help to be able to understand that people all learn and communicate in different ways. What this enables our children to experience is a skill that is not widely taught within school and having this resource available to our children within school, enhances their education, and removes the barriers which can be in place when they encounter children with language differences to their own." - parent
The steering group wanted to acquire professional skills and produce quality reporting. Cornwall Community Foundation awarded LOT a grant through its Comic Relief Community Cash programme; this enabled the group to purchase materials and pay Vicky to supervise; she was greatly helped and encouraged by volunteer professional advice. They have produced two editions of "Itscovered " so far. This pilot will also run into 2018, when it will be carefully evaluated.
Read more about Springboard on our Projects page click here
2016 Reflections Update
At the AGM Vicky Allen resigned as a trustee. Lucy de Sola Pinto was appointed trustee. Lucy attended Mullion School and has a degree in Geography and Earth Systems from the University Campus at Penryn.
Having completed projects in hand, the trustees took time to reassess the role LOT may have in the community and how it should respond to any identified needs. They acknowledged that rural isolation could be felt very keenly by young people with extra needs. A decision was taken to appoint Vicky Allen, an experienced graduate youth worker, to coordinate projects. Vicky was employed for one day a week from September to pilot potential future projects. Due to the previous success of her Disability Awareness assemblies, this theme was the starting point.
Thanks to a grant from an individual, Vicky started engaging with children to design and produce a Sensory Garden; the support from local volunteers and school has been such that it was decided to develop this garden project further and create at least two others on the Lizard.
Mullion Golf Club again generously hosted a Golf Day Competition, which raised funds for the upkeep of our Sunshine Coach. The 20th Golf Day will take place on Monday 29th May 2017. This will in all probability be our last Golf Day because LOT transferred the ownership of the minibus to Landewednack School in January 2017; the minibus will continue to be used for the benefit of young people on the Lizard, but LOT found that the charityís need to run a minibus had diminished.
2015 Reflections Update
LOT has attended very helpful, local seminars and events throughout the year. In December Trelowarren Retreat invited Vicky (trustee) to read one of the lessons at their Christmas Carol Service. We are very appreciative of the professional advice, information and support available to us on the Lizard.
The trustees decided to take six months for reflection and reassessment of the role and relevance of LOT within its community. LOT was firstly registered as a charity in 1998, having been a voluntary organisation in the previous year. No projects were therefore planned for the six month period which began at the beginning of August. At their meeting in late January, the trustees started to chart the way forward.
The LEAP project ended at the end of July. Read more
2014 Reflections Update
Children in Need continued their grant to us, enabling extra support and experience through activities to secondary school children with special needs on the Lizard. Read more
Mullion Golf Club again generously offered the course for a day in order to raise funds for the running of our Variety Sunshine Coach. This day was also supported by very generous personal donations. The Thames Vale Vultures, who volunteer with Variety, again sent us a large box of Easter Eggs. Read more
Thanks to a personal sponsor we were able to pilot Project Rex. This project's aim was to provide families with child psychological education through comedy community theatre. Read more The project was undertaken by Dr. Emily Jane of Useful Psychology. Read more The project was so well received by practising professionals, that they will now develop this pilot.
2013 Reflections Update
2012 Reflections Update
Other new projects were successfully established.
LOT's Leaders was a one-year project which has been completed. (read more)
LEAP is a three year project which will gather momentum in January 2013; we anticipate some very interesting and helpful outcomes from this project. (read more)
City & Sea As always, we had a really great time and made more new friends from Tower Hamlets (read more).
There are potentially valuable links between some of these projects and our Young People's Christian Outreach project (read more).
2011 Reflections Update
In January, Lawrence (our gap year student) worked alongside two students from Falmouth
University Digital Media Department, Richard Stephens and John Howe, who as part of their
course work, offered to capture some of LOT activities on video: working with Jenny they
developed this resource into a Blogspot.
Read more .
2010 Reflections Update
2010 became increasingly busy during the course of the year. Jenny completed her
first year at college with high marks for all her assignments.
Her regular Newsletters appear on the Youth page. Maggie and Jenny attended
an excellent Rank conference in the Lake District in snowy February.
The Rank Foundation has funded a Gap year student, Lawrence, to support Jenny's work
with LOT. Karen completed her course on Volunteer Management at Truro College;
the course content has been very helpful and informative and enabled her to
construct robust volunteer policies, which will ensure that LOT volunteers
will be well supported. Richard Hocking and Volunteer Cornwall have been an invaluable
source of wise advice and help.
2009 Reflections Update
2008 Reflections Update
2008 has begun very optimistically
for LOT; due to the encouragement and financial support received, it
is possible to plan the coming months with confidence.
The 2008 Golf Day has taken
place and details can be found here.