Oakham’s Form 6 Voluntary Action (VA) pupils recently welcomed disabled young people from their local community to the school and enjoyed a range of Easter-themed crafts and activities.
Mrs Alison Petit, who oversaw the event, tells us more:
Oakham’s VA pupils have been working with the Rutland Disabled Youth Forum over the last two years. Despite the challenges of Covid and a few heart-breaking but necessary postponements, we were able to resume our regular termly parties where our pupils welcome fellow young people from our local community with a range of mental and physical disabilities to enjoy some fun events and time together.
The below feedback from our pupils shows just how much they enjoy these events:-
“Can’t wait for next time.”
“Really enjoyed getting to know my guests.”
“Rewarding to build a connection with the guests and see them feel more comfortable as the time went on.”
Alison continues, “As a school, we have been working with the national charity organisation Phab, which in their own words "inspires and supports disabled and non-disabled children, young people and adults to make more of life together. They break down community barriers, reducing social isolation, and creating opportunities for all involved to enjoy the same activities and challenges side by side.
Having enjoyed a "late" Easter party, our VA pupils are now hard at work preparing other events for this term and getting ready to hand over this important work to our new Form 6 who we hope will continue and expand this great connection to our local community.”