Thank you from our students and teachers in Siret!
Dear <<First Name>>
Ruth and Lizzy's visit with Choice Care representative, Tracey Bridgman
In May 2015, Ruth and Lizzy, supported by Olivia Gould, took Tracy Bridgman from Choice Care out to Romania to see the work being carried out in Siret for the weekend. Tracy was very keen to continue sharing resources and training opportunities with the SPV staff. The money raised by Choice Care so far has secured our new teacher, Mihaela's salary as a sessional worker, working alongside Rodica, one of our teachers, for which we are very grateful.
On the left, Mihaela, Rodica and Doina, our Director
Dave Emptage's visit
In July this year Dave Emptage, visited for a couple of weeks, to share his expertise and insight in special needs education. Joining in with activities and sessions to evaluate, assess and provide advice and guidance for the teachers in their work at our school and in our outreach work within the new hospital buildings, this is what he had to say,
"The living conditions in the hospital buildings are “immeasurably better and the people are being looked after. The conditions and space and general atmosphere are much better than in long stay psychiatric hospitals in the UK in the early 1990s. So thank goodness things have finally significantly moved on!”
Dave went on to explain, “There are large club rooms on each floor. One person oversees table work such as drawing and socialising, and the other works with those who can’t manage to be at the table, on a one to one basis, maybe honouring a request for a walk, or a drink of water, or providing support to explore a sensory toy, giving intensive interaction or sometimes a small group ball game or dance with a slightly bigger group. The one to one person has the option of moving to another space; outside, or to the club room upstairs, or the person’s bedroom (shared with 5 others). This has the advantage of getting into a quieter space without the constant distraction of the more assertive or disruptive people. Rodica and Mihaela (SPV sessional workers) also have the possibility of taking small groups to the local park”.
He also reported that unfortunately there is no longer a possibility of supporting a fourth young person in our accommodation. This is due to the status of the supported accommodation project that would need to change in line with the health and safety requirements for a new young person, and our project does not have the capacity to stretch to meet these requirements.
Sylvia Gurr's visit
Sylvia made a short trip to Siret in August 2015 and also met the new volunteer, Simina (see more below). She arrived to find the old derelict children's hospital building now demolished. Many of the now adult ex residents that grew up there told her of their nostalgia for their old home, but also their relief that it could never be used as a hospital or home again. She was impressed by the warmth and caring our students showed to the young children who accompanied her from the UK to visit the project, leaving a lasting impression on them once back in the UK.
New volunteer from the local community for School for Life Romania
Simina with one of our students
We are also very grateful to Simina, who has been volunteering her time and insight at our school for several months, walking 3km from her village on the outskirts of Siret each day to support the work of the teachers. She is gifted in her manner and ideas and enjoys researching resources that are available locally to use with young people. We would love to be able to afford to employ her too, she is a great asset to the team that we don't want to lose. With more regular standing orders we might just be able to do this!
We could not have kept this charity going for over two decades with you! Please keep up all the fantastic work you have in fundraising for us so that our special needs education and supported living continues, thank you!
Music in School for Life Romania's garden
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Martisoare, the Romanian tradition of the 1st March and coming of spring, wishing a prosperous and healthy year ahead. Often given out to women on 8th March for International Womens Day
We'd like to thank all our dedicated staff in Romania for all the wonderful work they do, promoting trusting, safe and playful relationships with our students, that support the growth of their confidence in their abilities and strengths to help overcome their past, whilst advocating their needs to the local community and authorities, thank you!
Thank you! We are now in the process of relaying our courtyard which had fallen into disrepair after successive harsh winters, thanks to the funds you have raised!
We'll be sending you pictures of the new courtyard once it has been finished!
If you can help in any way to continue our ongoing work by organising a sponsored event, or donating or setting up a standing order, we would really appreciate it.
Just click on the secure Just Giving link below Its easy to do and only takes 5 mins!
Thank you for your support, every donation however small goes a long way!
Here are some of the fundraising events that supporters have done this year so far.
Thank you to the people of Strathblane for supporting Katie Goodier’s walk and afternoon tea in February raising over £1000.
To all who supported the Leeds music gig in July with Lightbulb Moment and Clevor Trevor.
To the ladies of Glasgow for raising £365 at Ruth Brown’s farewell tea and to Natalie Lambert and friends for their clothes swapping and sales raising £233.
Congratulations to Kiera Roth & Richard Morello who kindly donated their wedding gifts to us, raising £549! And the continuous efforts of Jenny Wheatcroft who has now raised a total of £1718.
We know many more of you have supported us generously over the years, please get in touch if you know of anyone that you feel needs a special mention..
Try www.justgiving.com/schoolforliferomania to set up your own personalised fundraising page to support the charity. You can use Easy Fundraising when buying online, for funds to be donated to School for Life. Please forward this newsletter on to anyone interested
All are welcome to the next School for Life Romania AGM:
Saturday 19th September 2015 starting at 2pm
Dave and Anna Emptage, 77 Windermere Rd, Lancaster LA1 3EZ