The Foundation, funded by new homes being built by the Edenstone Group, has donated £1,800 to the Courtyard Centre for the Arts, in Hereford, to help provide a livestreaming service for primary schools and pupils who are unable to attend school.
Clare Wichbold, fundraising manager at the Courtyard Centre, says the money will pay for arts practitioners including authors, storytellers, visual artists, and stage combat experts to deliver the valuable distanced learning.
She explains: “Our education team works with schools across the county to provide access to learning and performances, from Shakespeare to Roald Dahl. When schools were closed during the pandemic, the team went online and offered digital workshops to children studying at home. The success of learning online has led to the continuation of those workshops through Facebook Live.”
The workshops are provided free to schools, who receive details of which workshop is happening and when, and how to log on.
The Courtyard, which offers drama, music, dance, visual arts, and cinema, also created workshops focused on wellbeing and keeping safe and healthy, during Children’s Mental Health Week earlier this year.
Clare adds: “Not every school is able to return to in-person participation at The Courtyard, or have members of the education team visit the school to do workshops as before.