The NAME Springboard was chosen for our projects' agenda in 2017.
The AIM of Springboard is supporting meaningful Communication between children.
The OBJECTIVE of Springboard is to launch projects that will support children
communicating with each other in a variety of ways; at the forefront will be
enabling any child to communicate in a meaningful way with those who may have
extra needs; needs which may arise from visual, hearing, learning, mobility impairment.
The OUTCOMES of Springboard will see children have an increased awareness and
understanding of different approaches and acquisition of skills needed for them
to communicate confidently with all their friends. LOT will support others already working on similar objectives.
Question: How do we achieve the overarching aim?
Answer: We undertook three small pilot projects. These were to create a sensory garden in a
public place; to introduce Makaton in three primary schools and to enable
a small steering group to create a magazine for children by children. These pilots were
undertaken by our projects co-ordinator, Vicky.
The Sensory Garden took shape in a field opposite Coverack Primary School. This is a work
in progress as we wait to see if the bulbs come up and the other plants survive the weather!
In addition to the initial grant from an individual, LOT received help with equipment from a
local builders merchant and a £300 grant from Galaxy Chocolate. Physical help and advice was
generously given by the Gardening Club in Coverack, Coverack School's PTFA and Young Farmers.
The children were very "hands on" helpers, while learning why the scent and feel of some plants
would be especially exciting for a visually impaired person, why the colours and design would be
stimulating for a non-verbal or deaf child, why the smell of plants can be good for everyone!
.. why working with young adults and older adults on a project can be fun and you learn lots!
It has a mention in their magazine. (see below) Our initial grant has now been spent and the school
has taken over the garden's maintenance and supervision.
Vicky received initial training from the Cornwall Down Syndrome Support Group.
Thanks to a grant from the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund , she has offered 10 x 1 hour sessions
to 3 primary schools. These sessions introduce the notion and use of Makaton to children and adults;
the composition of the group is decided by the Headteacher. These sessions will be completed in
2018 and if judged a success, LOT will apply for funding to develop this pilot into a more substantial project.
This is what the 11 children in the Infants class have told us;
Answers to their questionnaire:
All 11 said yes they did like learning Makaton.
Favourite signs were: Lunch, Pasty, Friends, Thank you, Ice cream, Horse and Silent.
Favourite Song: The Pirate Song and Twinkle Twinkle.
Why is Makaton good: coz everyone was talking, you can make good friends, coz if somebody
is deaf in your school you can do Makaton, because I like to, because it's fun, if people
can't talk, it makes you learn more, because you can make friends.
11/11 Used Makaton in the everyday.
10/11 said they thought everyone should learn Makaton.
Why ? (answers)
- So we could sign.
- Because you can make good friends.
- Because Makaton is good.
- Because I love to.
- Because then it's better.
- Then they will learn.
- So we can sign to each other.
"It was really important to learn Makaton because when you meet someone who only speaks Makaton you
can make friends with them. I like being able to chat to Elodie." - pupil
"I enjoyed it because now Elodie can understand what I am saying. I met someone the other
day who knew Makaton and I could say hello and tell him my name was Arthur and that was cool." - pupil
"I am overjoyed that my Children are being given the opportunity to learn Makaton.
In such a diverse society, it is a massive help to be able to understand that people all learn and
communicate in different ways. What this enables our children to experience is a skill that is not widely
taught within school and having this resource available to our children within school, enhances
their education, and removes the barriers which can be in place when they encounter children
with language differences to their own." - parent
The steering group wanted to acquire professional skills and produce quality reporting.
Cornwall Community Foundation awarded LOT a grant through its Comic Relief Community Cash programme;
this enabled the group to purchase materials and pay Vicky to supervise; she was greatly helped and
encouraged by volunteer professional advice. They have produced two editions of "Itscovered " so far.
This pilot will also run into 2018, when it will be carefully evaluated.
Click here to read the first two editions.
Nov 2017 or
Read more about Springboard on our Projects page click here
At the AGM Vicky Allen resigned as a trustee. Lucy de Sola Pinto was appointed trustee. Lucy attended Mullion School and has a degree in
Geography and Earth Systems from the University Campus at Penryn.
Having completed projects in hand, the trustees took time to reassess the role LOT may have in the
community and how it should respond to any identified needs. They acknowledged that rural isolation could be felt very
keenly by young people with extra needs. A decision was taken to appoint Vicky Allen, an experienced graduate youth worker,
to coordinate projects. Vicky was employed for one day a week from September to pilot potential future projects. Due to the previous success of her Disability Awareness assemblies, this theme was the starting point.
Design for Sensory Garden
Thanks to a grant from an individual, Vicky started engaging with children to design and produce a Sensory Garden;
the support from local volunteers and school has been such that it was decided to develop this garden project further and create
at least two others on the Lizard.
Mullion Golf Club again generously hosted a Golf Day Competition, which raised funds for the upkeep of our Sunshine Coach.
The 20th Golf Day will take place on Monday 29th May 2017. This will in all probability be our last Golf Day because LOT
transferred the ownership of the minibus to Landewednack School in January 2017;
the minibus will continue to be used for the benefit of young people on the Lizard, but LOT found that the charity’s need to run a minibus had diminished.
At the AGM, Tom Jane, a founder trustee resigned after 18 years with LOT (or, half his life as Tom pointed out!)
Over the years, Tom has supported and led the charity in so many ways - as secretary, treasurer, bid writer,
participant in activities, organiser of activities. He ensured that all our policies and procedures were kept up to date.
He has been a first class, supportive trustee, a true ambassador for LOT and constant supporter of young people on the
Lizard. His legacy is enormous.
LOT has attended very helpful, local seminars and events throughout the year.
In December Trelowarren Retreat invited Vicky (trustee) to read one of the lessons at their Christmas Carol Service.
We are very appreciative of the professional advice,
information and support available to us on the Lizard.
The trustees decided to take six months for reflection and reassessment of the role and relevance of LOT
within its community. LOT was firstly registered as a charity in 1998, having been a voluntary organisation
in the previous year. No projects were therefore planned for the six month period which began at the beginning of
August. At their meeting in late January, the trustees started to chart the way forward.
The LEAP project ended at the end of July. Read more
In 2014 we continued projects and embarked upon a pilot.
In 2013 we celebrated our seventh and final year of the City & Sea Exchange, and then surprise! Tower Hamlets sponsored
a residential on the Lizard for some of their young people. Read more
Children in Need continued their grant to us, enabling extra support and experience through activities to secondary
school children with special needs on the Lizard. Read more
Mullion Golf Club again generously offered the course for a day in order to raise funds for the running of
our Variety Sunshine Coach. This day was also supported by very generous personal donations. The Thames Vale Vultures,
who volunteer with Variety, again sent us a large box of Easter Eggs. Read more
Thanks to a personal sponsor we were able to pilot Project Rex.
This project's aim was to provide families with child psychological education through comedy community theatre.
Read more The project was undertaken by Dr. Emily Jane of Useful Psychology.
Read more The project was so well received by practising professionals,
that they will now develop this pilot.
We knew at the beginning of the year that during 2013 all four trustees would have particularly heavy personal commitments,
leaving reduced time available to volunteer with LOT. We took the decision to continue with the projects in hand,
but to postpone new projects until 2014.
Our City & Sea Exchange with Futureversity, Tower Hamlets took place in August this year, avoiding Ramadan which many
students feel happier to observe at home.(read more)
In September Leon Wolfe took on the role of LEAP coordinator when Ros became employed full-time with
another Cornwall based charity Surf Action. (read more)
Also in September Mullion Golf Club again hosted our Annual Golf Day (read more)
Our Sunshine Coach continues to be well used by LOT, local schools and youth organisations. Through Variety we received a
box full of Easter eggs to distribute! (read more)
We were able to support Truro Diocese’s Prayer Rooms in Schools training with help from Church & Community Fund
We have received a personal donation, which we have considered using to reintroduce the Lizard Youth Theatre;
a decision will be taken early in 2014.
We feel that this year has been a very useful and happy one. The established projects have progressed very well,
and we have at least two new ideas to take into 2013. One new possibility could involve the primaries and the comprehensive.
Newlyn School of Art Pilot project
In partnership with Henry Garfit and Newlyn School of Art www.newlynartschool.co.uk
LOT piloted a project with Constantine Primary School. Joher took Kenwyn class (9-10 year olds) to experience
working alongside practising artists; it was such a memorable learning experience that, should suitable
funding become available, LOT plans to extend the pilot and offer this significant opportunity to all the schools on the Lizard.
Other new projects were successfully established.
LOT's Leaders was a one-year project which has
been completed. (read more)
LEAP is a three year project which will gather momentum
in January 2013; we anticipate some very interesting and helpful outcomes from this project. (read more)
City & Sea As always, we had a really great time and made more new friends from Tower Hamlets (read more).
Mullion Golf Club www.mulliongolfclub.co.uk again hosted our charity
competition, and has offered us 4th September as the date for 2013 (read more).
There are potentially valuable links between some of these projects and our Young People's Christian
Outreach project (read more).
In January, Lawrence (our gap year student) worked alongside two students from Falmouth
University Digital Media Department, Richard Stephens and John Howe, who as part of their
course work, offered to capture some of LOT activities on video: working with Jenny they
developed this resource into a Blogspot.
Read more .
Jenny was able to capture some of the work done by Felix, our Rank Foundation sponsored
Community Action Placement. They all formed an excellent team together; the professional,
happy approach of the Falmouth students was a credit both to themselves and to their
department; we really enjoyed their company and work and we also valued the extra help
and input from the GAP and CAP students.
Before Lawrence left in March, thanks to the generosity of the Rank Foundation he was
privileged to be offered a fantastic voyage on a Tall Ship.
We were thrilled to be able to replace our Variety Club Sunshine Coach in April.
A new project was completed in the summer - how to mould a surfboard, and then use it!
Workshops were conducted in the Lizard and Penryn by the tutor Mark Roberts of Glass Tiger Surfboards.
Before Jenny left in August the activities offered were very varied e.g. photography,
beach clean, dance, music, ice skating, surfboard moulding, City & Sea Exchange
In December we received an 'Awards for All' grant to develop a young leaders programme;
this will begin in February 2012, alongside the project made possible by a grant from
the Church and Community Fund. See Sponsors page.
The autumn preparation for the CCF
project was funded by the Archbishops' Council's Mission Fund - Truro Diocese; the
outcomes for the new year are already looking very exciting, and news of both these
projects will appear on this website.
In addition to projects and activities, the trustees have been reviewing the governance
of the charity in depth. In March 2011 LOT achieved Level 2 of the ILCM Capability Model.
Trustees have also attended various high quality training
days and conferences. e.g. IVO's Safeguarding, Cornwall Council's Disability Awareness
training, Truro Diocese's Raising our Game 8 training, Rank Foundation and Joseph Rank
Trust's funding conference in March; our financial administrator attends at least one
training event annually for her work with LOT.
The trustees are thrilled that from February 2012 they will support and be supported
by Kate Sherlock, who as a pupil at Mullion School was one of the leaders of LOT's Political
Literacy project. Kate "I graduated from the University of Southampton in June 2011 with a 2.1
LLB law degree. I have a particular interest in the charity sector and hope to specialise in this
area: I will gain an invaluable insight into this from a client's perspective through LOT.
It's brilliant to be able to link back in with LOT after having been a beneficiary of the
political literacy project and especially now at the beginning of a new venture on youth
leadership." Read more
Also in December, we welcomed a visit from Alyson Samson, a participant in the Political Literacy
project but as a Commonwealth student. Alyson is now an English & Drama student at Memorial
University of Newfoundland. As part of her course she spent a term at college in London, and
visited us in Cornwall before leaving for home. We all thought it would be a brilliant idea
to run Political Literacy Mark 2! Read more
2010 became increasingly busy during the course of the year. Jenny completed her
first year at college with high marks for all her assignments.
Her regular Newsletters appear on the Youth page. Maggie and Jenny attended
an excellent Rank conference in the Lake District in snowy February.
The Rank Foundation has funded a Gap year student, Lawrence, to support Jenny's work
with LOT. Karen completed her course on Volunteer Management at Truro College;
the course content has been very helpful and informative and enabled her to
construct robust volunteer policies, which will ensure that LOT volunteers
will be well supported. Richard Hocking and Volunteer Cornwall have been an invaluable
source of wise advice and help.
The Rank Foundation sponsored two year 9 girls on the Tall Ships voyage.
Lloyds TSB provided an invaluable infrastructure grant to support the increasing workload
of trustees who are all volunteers.
The Variety Club has approved an application from LOT for the purchase of a new
Sunshine Coach. Again, Mullion Golf Club generously offered the course for a day to
raise funds for the running of the minibus; the weather was good and the day great fun.
The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust and the Norman Family Charitable Trust awarded
grants for surfboard moulding workshops.
REG Windpower, Bonython, donated the funds raised on their Community Open Day.
Our fourth City & Sea Exchange with Futureversity, London, was again a great success.
Two Falmouth College Media students have negotiated to work with LOT for a month in January 2011.
Francis Terry (former Mullion School pupil and LOT volunteer) set up the IT facilities
in our office, and is always ready to help solve IT problems, particularly for the Chair!
The Church and Community Fund and the Archbishops' Council's Mission Fund have
provided grants to support Christian outreach; a part-time appointment will be made early in 2011.
Alan Rowntree of AATeam Exeter continues to improve and update LOT's website, which is
so useful for supporters, funders, potential funders and trustees.
Youth or Adult? Initiative
Chyvarloe DVD movie
||Thanks to a grant from the J.Paul Getty Jr. Charitable Trust, LOT is able to rent a small office at Caerthillian Farm, in the Lizard village. Jacquie Pascoe is both Financial Administrator and Company Secretary; she oversees all income and expenditure on a monthly basis and liaises with accountants Hodgsons of Falmouth. She and her husband Graham are also regular, very supportive volunteers. Both their daughters have taken part in a many of LOT's activities and projects.
||Karen Orchard began work in April as Volunteers Coordinator; this is a part-time, 2-year post funded by the Headley Trust.
||Jenny Dickinson was appointed as a full-time youth worker in February. Jenny's post is funded by the Joseph Rank Trust under the Youth or Adult? Initiative. As part of this funding, in September Jenny will enrol on a 4-year degree course in youth and community studies at the YMCA George Williams College.
2008 has begun very optimistically
for LOT; due to the encouragement and financial support received, it
is possible to plan the coming months with confidence.
The Archbishops’ Council Mission Fund grant opened the door to
funding for a youth worker under the Youth or Adult? Initiative of the
Joseph Rank Trust.
The Joseph Rank Trust is providing 5 years’ funding for a youth
worker from August 2007. The worker is also enrolled on a degree course
at the YMCA George Williams College, London.
The Rank Foundation sponsored 6 voyages on the Tall Ships.
The J.Paul Getty Jr. Charitable Trust financed the setting up of an
office for LOT and its youth worker.
The Jerusalem Trust (SFCT) provided laptops for key workers.
The Headley Trust (SFCT) gave its third and final tranche of funding
to support LOT as it implemented a long-term business plan.
Tower Hamlets Summer University allowed LOT to be a junior partner in
the City & Sea Exchange.
Follett Stock guided LOT through the process of becoming a company,
which was completed in March.
Hodgson’s kept our finances carefully scrutinised.
Latitude 50 patiently took us through the steps of developing our website.
The 2008 Golf Day has taken
place and details can be found here.
One of our 2008 projects is to prepare a regular e-newsletter/ update,
so please visit us from time to time.