To support and promote children's learning and wellbeing across our community and beyond
To achieve our aims through innovative and creative projects that provide impact to specific areas of our communities.
David Purslow, Georgina Edwards, Steve Wright & Hugh Hannaford
Throughout a young persons education, from Primary school to College and beyond, they are given the chance to take part in residential activities away from home. These include outward bound courses, subject led fieldtrips, music workshops and many other diverse and challenging life changing opportunities.
The cost of these visits are becoming prohibitive for more and more families and where in the past schools and colleges have often been able to subsidise individuals, this is also becoming harder to do with tighter budgets and higher costs.
The Reach project was set up by the Severn Community Charitable Trust with the aim to provide subsidies to individuals from £50-£500. These will be awarded to individuals recommended by the umbrella organisers (eg: Schools) to support access to residential based courses and events.
It is hoped to begin awarding grants from September 2022 and any support you can give will be gratefully received.
We are already working on our next project to improve access for communities in Shropshire to technology support.
The aim being to support children with online homework and adults with the challenges of increasingly online only applications and response paperwork.
let us know if you think you could help with this and please watch the press and this website for further updates.
With a third lockdown in place the need to support families became urgent and after an appeal through the Local labour party membership we have been able to provide devices and support across our community.
Although this is an ongoing project we wish to thank the following for their generosity in helping us get our first clients up and running:
Alan Herbery ( Leaton Hydogeology)
G & C Shaw
At the start of 2020 the process to set up a new Charity was established called The Severn Community Charitable Trust. Its aim was to support learning and development of children across the county. However, its formation coincided, or collided, with the onslaught of Covid-19 and our first lockdown. It was mistakenly thought that there would be nothing for the TSCCT to do.
However, during the first Lockdown we worked with Shrewsbury Food Hub to support families across the town with additional food supplies. This led to the establishment of a Food Share at The Martin Wilson School every Sunday morning. The depth of the support needed focused my thoughts about the challenge families would face at Christmas.
As a Headteacher I am very aware that for many families the festive period is a time of stress and anxiety as they are bombarded by media and pressures from all around to have a "great Christmas". This is particularly hard when they are already struggling to make day to day living expenses meet. Although food vouchers will now be available, these are aimed at providing a child with one meal a day to the value of £3 and will not go anyway towards festive expenses. My concerns were that the economic and social impact of Covid-19 may increase pressure and families may look for short term solutions that will cause long-term hardship.
Whilst having no solution to the bigger picture we have used the new Charity to set about organising putting together Christmas boxes for families, focusing on the children's needs. These contain individually wrapped gifts and treats for each child and will be delivered in time for Christmas (labelled do not open until Christmas day!). Initially we focused on Shrewsbury and children have been identified by the 22 schools in the area as being from families who may have been harder hit than usual in the present situation.
The Shrewsbury Freemasons hall kindly allowed us to occupy their dining room and for two weeks presents have been gathered and boxes prepared ready for a mammoth wrapping session by our fabulous volunteer Elves Stephen Rogers, Terry & Jenny Goddall, David & Kath Griffiths, Chris Jenkins, Tim & Ann Griffiths, Josh and Gemma Tomley, Gemma Wasteney and Emma Middlemiss, all organised by chief Elf Joanna Purslow. Once wrapped and labelled the Elves will be joined by delivery volunteers Martyn Davies-Friend, Allen Cadwell, Rob Wasteney, Martin Edwards, Michael & Christine Heywood & Chris Parkin who will ensure the presents are under trees by Christmas Eve.
Along with the donations of toys, treats, boxes and time we have also received £1,350 from Shropshire Masons and £1,850 from The Masonic Charitable Foundation. Along with this Telford Transport Solutions Ltd donated 250 boxes to carry the present bundles as well as a generous £250 on top. Additional toys were also donated by Hayley Barnett-Hook from Shrewsbury and we had 200 book packs donated by The Reading Agency in partnership with Costa Coffee and another 80 picture books from Gwenan Griffiths and her team at Shropshire Libraries.. This has ensured that all the presents can be individually bought and wrapped appropriate to the children’s ages.
I cannot thank these individuals and organisations enough for their generosity in helping us make Christmas just a little bit better for 250 children at this challenging time.
The Severn Community Charitable Trust