Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere - BY NI­COLA KENYON vis­iternews@south­portvis­iter.co.uk

AGROUP of pupils from Pres­field High School has just re­turned from a trip to Lon­don, part-funded by Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion.

The school, on Pre­ston New Road, is for pupils with autism spec­trum con­di­tion (ASC) and as­so­ci­ated com­mu­ni­ca­tion dif­fi­cul­ties.

The school strives to chal­lenge and in­crease the cur­rent statis­tic that only 15% of peo­ple di­ag­nosed with ASC are in sus­tained em­ploy­ment and have de­vel­oped a sixth form cur­ricu­lum to sup­port em­ploy­a­bil­ity, and en­able be­spoke work place­ments through­out the year.

Pupils from the sixth form had a con­ver­sa­tion with their teacher about where they’d like to go for an end-of-year merit trip.

They jok­ingly said “Lon­don” and the teacher said that if they could raise the money, then they would take them.

The chil­dren spent the next nine months tire­lessly fundrais­ing, us­ing their own ini­tia­tive and en­ter­prise.

This in­cluded a spon­sored bike ride, bingo night, cake sales, car washes, and run­ning a school cafe.

De­spite all their fundrais­ing they were still in a slight deficit to cover the trip but, af­ter a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion to Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion, they were able to take the three-day res­i­den­tial trip ear­lier this month.

Sue Ger­rard, a teach­ing as­sis­tant at the school, said: “The grant from Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion paid for a three­day group travel card which en­abled our stu­dents to ac­cess the tube sys­tem to travel around Lon­don and see all the sights they had per­son­ally ear­marked dur­ing their trip.

“All of our stu­dents have a di­ag­no­sis of ASC and as­so­ci­ated com­mu­ni­ca­tion dif­fi­cul­ties, which as you can imag­ine, means deal­ing with the hus­tle and bus­tle of the Lon­don Un­der­ground ex­tremely chal­leng­ing, how­ever, all coped amaz­ingly well.

“I was for­tu­nate to have been one of the staff mem­bers ac­com­pa­ny­ing them and was im­mensely proud of each and ev­ery one of them and know that they will take es­sen­tial life skills as well as fan­tas­tic mem­o­ries from their time in the cap­i­tal.

“Can we once again thank Com­mu­nity Link for the grant that aided our trip. The pupils are now fundrais­ing for their next trip... abroad!”

Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion is a lo­cal char­ity with a dif­fer­ence.

It as­sists peo­ple in Southport and the sur­round­ing ar­eas who need fi­nan­cial sup­port in a va­ri­ety of ways.

It helps a wide range of peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions in the area in­clud­ing sports teams in need of new equip­ment, groups look­ing for fund­ing for sup­plies or ma­te­ri­als, and in­di­vid­u­als re­quir­ing as­sis­tance to help their day-to-day lives.

For more in­for­ma­tion about CLF or if you would like to fundraise for them, go to www. clfoun­da­tion.co.uk.

Pres­field High School pupils en­joy a view of the cap­i­tal

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