This very valuable 12 month project was funded by a grant from Awards for All
12 young people who would not usually have the confidence to undertake a leadership role put themselves forward as potential LOT leaders and agreed to develop relevant skills through an Asdan accreditation. They conducted a whole school questionnaire, presented an assembly, and developed a logo, an identity and a voice. Working with the LOT trustee who is responsible for student liaison, they are now in a position to help promote LOT's future activities and projects, encouraging their peers to " count me in ". The Asdan accreditation process was undertaken by made www.made-arts.com
LOT trustees who are also leaders acknowledge that while they encourage young people to extend their experience of learning by voluntarily becoming involved in a variety of projects, they themselves must be lead learners, and regularly ask the question " What have I learned today? "
In fact, this project has allowed others to ask LOT - what have you learned? The trustees have been helped and encouraged by outside agencies which have scrutinised all aspects of LOT's work. ILCM patiently looked through our files and interviewed us before awarding LOT a Level 3 Accreditation (view certificate) .
Having worked with LOT as a volunteer, Kate Sherlock extended that role to become a trustee; she has helped to set up a Facebook page, integrate new media and update existing information sources, allowing LOT to communicate more effectively.
The 5-year Business Plan has been revised, training for Safeguarding has continued, ensuring that policies and procedures in this area are robust. Anna Hoyle of Phoenix Training provided a day's training and review of all aspects of governance as practised by LOT. LOT's company secretary received training in both charity and employment law; she attended ACAS Employment Law Update, Vincent Sayer: Charities and Preventing Fraud in addition to two Charity accounting courses.