More than 100 pupils in special educational needs schools and organisations across Nottingham are set to enjoy free group drumming workshops designed to support mindfulness and mental health, after a local charity secured a £5,000 funding boost.
The Liz Winwood Foundation, which delivers musical workshops to children aged five to 16, was awarded the money by financial services company OneFamily as part of its Foundation Community Grant scheme.
As well as funding 35 sessions for schools in the city, the money has allowed the charity to buy 20 new fibreglass drums, which are lightweight and can be used by wheelchair users without causing discomfort.
The activities are often delivered to help groups of children with physical disabilities or learning difficulties.
The charity ultimately aims to take its drumming to schools UK-wide by creating a travelling interactive musical theatre. It plans to use feedback from its upcoming sessions to help design the show.
The Liz Winwood Foundation was founded in 2016 by Jude Winwood in memory of her mum, a much-loved headteacher from Nottingham who dedicated her life to helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds and young people with learning difficulties.
Jude, also a teacher, left formal education two years ago to run the musical workshops full time.
She now provides the sessions every week for small groups of young people and with school assemblies of up to 300 children.
The charity was nominated for a community grant by Sarah Vearnals, whose son Luca attends the drumming workshops run by Jude. Sarah has a Child Trust Fund with OneFamily.
Jude said: “We’re incredibly grateful to receive this funding from OneFamily and as a result, lots of children across Nottinghamshire are set to benefit.
“Drumming is an accessible activity for able and disabled-bodied young people, which can help them overcome anxiety and build resilience by taking part in group activities and new challenges.
“It can also be delivered in a way to suit different groups, whether that’s offering a physical workout that’s also mentally stimulating or creating a calming experience.”
Guy French, corporate and customer strategy director at OneFamily, said: “The Liz Winwood Foundation’s workshops offer school children many benefits that help to encourage positive mental and physical health.
“We’re really pleased to be supporting the charity, especially as it will help them to take the drumming UK-wide with its new show.
“Our community grants support causes that our customers care about and over the past three years, the OneFamily Foundation has provided essential funding to more than 200 community projects across the UK.”
OneFamily customers can nominate local groups, projects and charities to receive up to £5,000 via its Foundation Community Grant scheme, with 30 projects benefiting in the last round of funding.
For more information please visit www.onefamily.com/your-foundation