Staff and pupils at South Downs Community Special School in Eastbourne, have been presented with a new Lord’s Taverners wheelchair accessible minibus.
Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has placed over 1,100 accessible minibuses across schools in the UK. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first minibus giveaway, and to celebrate this, the charity will be giving away a record 40 minibuses in 2016. The iconic Lord’s Taverners minibuses provide disadvantaged and disabled young people with the chance to engage with their local community by getting more access to the facilities on offer and build important life skills in the process.
The South Downs Community Special School caters for 123 children aged 3-11 who have a variety of learning difficulties. Each of the school’s pupils has an individual learning programme derived from their statement of educational needs, observations, assessments by teachers, discussions with parents, inputs from therapists and other professionals.
The new minibus will increase the opportunities provided to pupils who are wheelchair users, and enable those pupils to engage with the wider world, increase their confidence and social skills, and take part in opportunities and experiences that would otherwise be inaccessible to them.
Remo Palladino, Executive Headteacher at South Downs Community Special School, commented, “The South Downs School would like to thank the Lord's Taverners for the provision of a new 17 seater minibus and their on-going support in providing minibuses for our pupils over the last ten years or so. We are very pleased to receive this new bus which will allow our pupils to access a range of outdoor learning opportunities. The buses we receive from the Lord’s Taverners make a real difference to the learning, progress and enjoyment of all the pupils at our school.”
Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, said, “The Lord’s Taverners is delighted to present South Downs Community Special School with their new minibus. We aim to provide as many young people as possible with a sporting chance, and this giveaway is part of what is a very special year, with a record 40 minibuses being donated on the 40th anniversary of when we provided the first one.”
The Lord’s Taverners will donate over £3 million this year to help give disadvantaged and disabled young people a ‘sporting chance’ enabling over 200,000 young people with disabilities to enjoy new places and experiences every year. The minibus scheme is just one of many initiatives the Lord’s Taverners offers. To find out more about the charity, go to their website.