Belfast primary school wins £5,000 award to create an interactive multi-sensory room

Posted in: Foundation Last updated: 17 Nov 2015

OneFamily Foundation £5k award will benefit pupils – and wider community - at Knockbreda Primary School 

Pupils, parents and teachers at Knockbreda Primary School were celebrating today at the news they had won £5,000, which will help them create an interactive multisensory safe space for pupils with special educational needs (SEN).

The OneFamily Foundation community award was won by the school after a public vote, with the money providing a critically important facility in promoting alternative coping skills and a love of learning, ultimately enhancing the whole school’s sense of inclusion and wellbeing.      

Gail Stewart, a OneFamily customer and classroom assistant at the school, said: "I have a relative with SEN who is a pupil at Knockbreda, and when he first started at the school, he found it very difficult to integrate and enjoy the kind of simple activities most of us take for granted.  The planned multisensory room will offer a soothing and stimulating space, helping pupils cope with the very particular stresses of school that those with SEN can find overwhelming."  

“So to find out that we’ve won this award from OneFamily, well, it’s a dream come true for everyone involved.”

Cara Poole, Special Needs teacher at the school, added; "We have two units that cater for a variety of needs, including dyslexia, autism, Down syndrome and additional behavioural and specialist needs. It's great that we have a fully integrated school of course, but equally we can see those children with special educational needs can't do everything their friends do, which can be frustrating for everybody. This new sensory room will not only help to alleviate this, but will also give them something of their very own which we believe is important to their well-being."

"The work carried out at Knockbreda is inspirational and we’re delighted to be a part of that"

The OneFamily Foundation is a unique customer benefit fund, provided by mutual, OneFamily, which aspires to make £5million available to its members over the next five years to make their lives and communities better.

OneFamily is a mutual organisation providing investments, savings, health and life insurance products to help families work together to meet the financial demands of modern life.  As a customer-owned business it is run for the benefit of its customers.  The OneFamily Foundation redistributes a portion of the organisation’s profits, and aspires to make £5 million available to customers over the next five years to help them, their families and their local communities. The Foundation has also helped hundreds of customers with personal grants since its launch in 2014, and its funding pot is made possible due to the financial stability of the customer-owned organisation.

There are four categories for each award, in order to ensure the Foundation gives a wider range of community projects an equal chance to access the funds. For this round of Community Awards there are four awards of £5,000 available in each category, with Knockbreda Primary one of the winners in the Schools category.

James Hale, Customer Engagement Manager at OneFamily said: “We are delighted to award £5,000 to Knockbreda Primary School.  Our Community Awards are, as the name demonstrates, designed to help customers make things better in their communities. The work carried out at Knockbreda is inspirational and we’re delighted to be a part of that; we wish them every success in the future.”

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Editors notes:

The OneFamily Foundation (formerly the Engage Foundation) was set up to benefit our members, their families and the communities in which they live and work. There are two ways members can benefit; personal grants or community awards.  A number of personal grants of up to £500 are available every month to help them, or someone close to them in times or hardship, or simply to make things a little better. Community awards are open for nominations in Spring and Autumn, with awards of up to £5,000 and £25,000 available to help fund projects in their local community.