A WONDERFUL project that provides hundreds of children with exciting opportunities in the holidays has transformed in nine months.
From its original base in a single Rawtenstall primary school, the not-for-profit organisation Wonderful Things was set up as a stand alone company last September.
Since then, it has branched out across Rossendale and into Ribble Valley.
But in the summer, project managers Kate Crane and Julia Ansell, will be adding another three new venues – Alder Grange School, Rawtenstall, St Veronica’s RC Church Hall in Helmshore and Accrington and Rossendale College.
Kate said: “The response we have had from the different schools we have been based in has been fantastic.
“Parents who have used the scheme since it first started in 2013 have been asking us to open for more than just two weeks in the summer.
“This year we are excited to be offering six and a half weeks of activity days in the summer holidays over five weeks; that is the beauty of having two project managers – we can operate in different locations at the same time.
How to get involved
The programme starts in July with a week at Accrington and Rossendale College in Accrington to foster aspiration in the primary children and high school youth volunteers, who facilitate activities.
Days include: horticulture, a treasure hunt around the campus and junior university and for two days will also be at Water Primary School.
At Newchurch CE School, activities will run for two weeks and on one of the weeks, Wonderful Things will also be at running at Chatburn CE School, Ribble Valley.
Kate said: “Then we will be moving to St Veronica’s where we have excellent outdoor space and a large hall and our final week we be at Alder Grange School where there will be a celebration meal on the Friday provided by Accrington and Rossendale College.”
Kate and Julia are very grateful to the businesses that have supported the project including Metis HR who have sponsored ice creams for a week for all the children.
Julia said: “We are offering an early bird discount for any places booked before June 30.
“We are also able to offer wrap-round care from 7.30am to 6pm, at an extra charge, at Accrington and Rossendale College , if there is a demand, we will extend it to Alder Grange.”
Youth volunteers, aged 11 to 16, have been meeting with local Soroptimists on an inter-generational project #wonderfulwomen and have been on a residential social to the Lake District.
The organisation shared the Rossendale Business Awards category Pride of our Valley and was a finalist in three categories in the regional Selnet Awards for enabling ability, volunteering and small social enterprise of the year.
A fundraising auction, supported by local businesses, raised £1,000 to support the project’s aims.
To inquire about a place on the Wonderful Things programme or about sponsorship opportunities email firstname.lastname@example.org