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Vote for Amery Hill to win Tesco's grant
Posted on: 5/01/2017

Vote for Amery Hill to win Tesco's grant

Amery Hill School calls for votes with Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative Amery Hill School is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. Amery Hill School is one of the groups on the shortlist for this month. The school has applied for funding for outdoor furniture for their supported quad; a quiet area of the school where students can go at break times and feel secure to be themselves. The students enjoy socialising and eating their lunch in this area and while there are a few benches, additional seating is needed. The school has sourced some environmentally friendly, recycled plastic wood-effect tables and benches to suite wheelchair users to furnish this much used area and would really appreciate the support of the community. Mrs Kathleen Digby, SENCo at Amery Hill School said “Amery Hill School is a fully inclusive school and we have students who have difficulties physically, emotionally and socially. We have a reputation as a school with a strong caring ethos which strives to meet the individual needs of all students, whatever they may be.  To furnish the supported quad with new seating through this grant will benefit all of our students who use this area on a daily basis”. Voting is open in stores in Alton, Hook and Basingstoke until 28th January. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £24 million to more than 2,400 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding. Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.” Groundwork’s Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said  “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between. We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”View Article
Students help Healthwatch Hampshire
Posted on: 4/01/2017

Students help Healthwatch Hampshire

Students help Healthwatch Hampshire to raise awareness of A&E issues Year 10 students at Amery Hill School have been working alongside Healthwatch, the independent consumer champion for health and social care in England, whose aims are to help people get the best out of their local health and social care services; whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. During 'Healthwatch Week' in April 2016, Healthwatch Hampshire visited Amery Hill School presenting assemblies to Year 8 and 9 students and to all the pupils at Bishops Waltham Junior School; the students and pupils were encouraged to speak up about their experiences of health and social care and were invited to participate in a survey.  The results indicated that just over two thirds of the students and pupils surveyed thought that accident and emergency services were most important to them. Amery Hill students were invited to collaborate with Healthwatch Hampshire and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) on a project to produce a short video to: Help to improve the understanding of children and young people in Hampshire about their local emergency health care services Help providers of local emergency health care services to better understand the particular needs of children and young people, for whom emergency departments are often the ‘front door’ to access health care in hospitals. HHFT, who manage the emergency departments in Winchester and Basingstoke, visited the school in the summer term when Dr Helen Crossley, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Lorna Farmer, an Emergency Nurse Practitioner were interviewed and filmed by the Amery Hill students, with support from Healthwatch Hampshire. Healthwatch Hampshire representative Mr Steve Manley commented “Amery Hill School, worked with us throughout the project, allowing us to speak to their assembly, whose staff, particularly Mr Lewis, Progress Leader for Year 10, were patient and generous with their time, and whose students were funny and intelligent beyond our expectations.” To read the report click here To watch the video click here  View Article

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