Visit to Treloar Trust
On 12th April, I visited the Treloar Trust in Hampshire, to assess a grant application supporting the emotional wellbeing of frontline staff, who care for the increasingly complex needs and, often the death of students. While there, I met Lucinda Gillingham, Head of Trusts and Simon Birch, Finance Director.
About the Treloar Trust
The Treloar Trust provides education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training to young people with physical disabilities from all over the UK and overseas. Their aim is to prepare these young people for adult life, giving them the confidence and skills to achieve their full potential.
The main areas in which they work are at a non-maintained Nursery and School (from 2 to 19 years) and College (from 16 to 25 years). In School they challenge young people and nurture their abilities to prepare them for the next stage in their lives. One of the aims of Treloars is that every student leaves with at least one nationally recognised qualification.
In College, their aim is to enable all learners to achieve their long-term goals of a more independent life. This includes making a meaningful contribution to their community, including Higher Education and employment. Treloars also offers a range of Outreach Services to the wider disabled community and rents out the campus facility to local sports and activity groups and for residential stays.
Staff at Treloar
Staff are dealing with students who have complex issues; 98% of students require the use of a wheel chair and a number of students have life limiting conditions. The School’s teachers and carers administer 300,000 separate medications per annum and during the last academic year, 4 students passed away.
A potential grant from the Hospital Saturday Fund would be used for the Staff Wellbeing Project at Treloars and would allow 50 staff members to attend 90 minute monthly sessions which would be facilitated by a trained counsellor. It's always a pleasure to visit Treloars in Hampshire.
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