Local children’s charity Ufton takes delivery of a minibus

The children’s education charity Ufton is on the road with a minibus thanks to the support of The Clothworkers’ Foundation.

As of February 2024, Ufton has a 17-seater minibus to ensure local children can access activities at The Nest at Ufton Court. Designed as a sanctuary for children struggling in traditional classrooms, The Nest offers a dynamic blend of nurturing support and hands-on learning experiences. Tackling hurdles such as peer dynamics, regulating behaviour and emotional resilience head-on, The Nest is “a beacon of hope for young minds seeking empowerment.”

“We are thrilled to receive such a generous donation from the Clothworkers’ Foundation,” Ufton’s CEO, Sarah Lindsell, said. “This is going to transform our ability to give more children a chance to thrive and flourish, improving their confidence and self-esteem as foundations for learning.”

If you want to know more about Ufton’s work with vulnerable children and to support it through volunteering or donation, please click here.

About Ufton

Ufton describes itself as “a forward-thinking charity committed to providing transformative learning experiences.” Its educational initiatives encompass a diverse range, including history, nature and outdoor learning, Ufton Adventure, The Nest (the alternative provision for children facing classroom challenges) and a unique outreach/on-the-road provision offering engaging curriculum-based day visits in schools focused on history and nature.

Ufton “works in a holistic way to help children take control of their wellbeing and develop the thinking skills and self-belief necessary to make the most of life.” Based just 10 miles south of Reading on the Englefield Estate, it welcomes over 20,000 children a year. It works with schools and community organisations to offer day and residential visit programmes which include:

  • Ufton History is a vibrant curriculum-based history programme that brings the past to life, immersing children in real-life experiences like a Viking raid, the Ancient Greek Olympic games or Saxon bow making.
  • Ufton Outdoors teaches children through nature connection and outdoor learning activities to enhance environmental exploration, deepen children’s knowledge of our natural world and foster environmental awareness.
  • Ufton Adventure provides purposeful outdoor activities tailored to boost life skills critical to success. Activities include forest skills, biking, low ropes, archery, growing food, shelter building and team games to foster personal growth.
  • The Nest is a haven for children facing challenges in the classroom, helping them switch lanes and thrive. The Nest is a day-a-week intensive therapeutic intervention programme for children who have experienced significant trauma in their lives, have disrupted and insecure attachments and had multiple adverse childhood experiences.

Children face challenges like never before…

  • Their wellbeing it at its lowest for a decade.
  • Disadvantaged children are being failed the most.
  • Children don’t thrive in a “one size fits all” classroom approach.
  • Children’s sense of inclusion is under threat.

Through our programmes we…

  • Enrich the lives of children by connecting them with nature.
  • Empower disadvantaged children to overcome educational challenges and discover their potential.
  • Foster a sense of belonging, identity and purpose among children.
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