There were celebrations in Plean today as delighted parents and teachers learned that East Plean Primary School had won a £5,000 community award from the OneFamily Foundation to develop its green space and create a new playground.
Due to the current landscape of the school site, outdoor play has been difficult for pupils, being restricted to a small area, with the rear outdoor space so steep it’s been impossible for children to play and explore safely. Now, the award from the OneFamily Foundation means they can develop the land as an engaging and fun playground, complete with seats and woodland shelter.
Laura Mackintosh, a OneFamily customer said: "I have two children at the school, so the project is close to my heart. I am beyond delighted that we have won a OneFamily Community Award, as it means we can transform this unused area of the playground into something the children and indeed the whole community can enjoy for years to come."
This is because in addition to the new play space, funds will also go towards purchasing planting equipment, seeds and troughs to create a community vegetable patch, helping the pupils to understand not only the food chain but also healthy eating. By sharing the produce with the local community, the school will play its part in contributing to improved knowledge and the long term health of all the village’s residents.
The OneFamily Foundation is a unique customer benefit fund, provided by mutual organisation, OneFamily, which aspires to make £5 million available to its members over the next five years to make their lives and communities better.
OneFamily provides 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 is one award of £25,000 and four awards of £5,000 available in each category. East Plean Primary School won one of the £5,000 awards available in the School’s category.
James Hale, Customer Engagement Manager at OneFamily said: “Outdoor play is a central part of the development of young people in communities across the world; the joy of playing and learning outside is an important shared experience for children and teachers alike. We are delighted that OneFamily Foundation funding will help create a special outdoor space for pupils to enjoy together, and we are particularly proud that this project is reaching out to the whole community. Our congratulations go to everyone involved.”
For further information about the OneFamily Foundation please go to https://foundation.onefamily.com/
For further information please contact the team on OneFamily@Lucre.co.uk or telephone 0113 243 1117.
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.