Blake Support Learning for Children with Additional Needs at Yeovil Opportunity Group
At Blake, we recognise the importance of a good education and the impact this has on the lives of our young ones, opening up a whole wealth of opportunities to children who would perhaps never have had this chance otherwise…
In May 2019, we made a donation to the Yeovil Opportunity Group. This is a charity based nearby to our head offices which provides early intervention and support for families and children with a wide variety of additional needs.
The charity are invaluable in offering time, space and many years of experience to help change lives. Within their supportive, caring environment, they are able to give all the necessary therapy and learning through play to young children, and their superb team of specialist skilled staff means that each child receives the individual 1:1 support they need each day, helping and guiding them with their learning and development journey. Across all areas, there is a huge focus on hands on activities, where the children are encouraged to use their senses, learning by touching and handling objects and using images and signs. As, for many of these children, speech is one of the last things they will learn which can be extremely frustrating for them, often resulting in tantrum problems, this is a really great way for them to communicate.
Although this group receives the same funding as any other preschool setting, they never turn any child away because their needs are simply too great. This often requires huge expenses. Some of the team were privileged to visit them and have a tour round their building, which has been purpose built with excellent facilities to cater for these children. We were pleased to learn that out donation would fund a new outdoor sensory garden with a whole range of exciting new equipment, allowing the children to take part in a whole host of new hands on, sensory activities to further their learning experience!
To find out more about Yeovil Opportunity Group, visit their website here.