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Joint Covid-19 crisis fund supporting East Lothian primary school

West Barns Primary School

In August 2020 Community Windpower and BeGreen’s Covid-19 crisis fund provided a grant of almost £2,000, so West Barns Primary School could purchase outdoor learning equipment for its pupils.

The grant helped children return to school after five months away, to an environment that was safe, secure and adhered to government guidelines.

It was used to welcome back the young children under the school agenda of ‘recover and reconnect’.

Now, after another lockdown and months away from friends and the classroom, the agenda continues, but the school needed more help in the form of grants to ensure the children can have all the help and support needed to continue learning in a safe environment.

Community Windpower and BeGreen’s joint Covid-19 crisis fund has provided a further grant of £2,500 to help the school purchase a large Tipi Tent to support additional outdoor learning, including the development of a food growing and biodiversity area.

The grant will also be used to increase the number of play items for pupils, as playing allows children the opportunity to explore their feelings and express themselves in a relatively safe environment.

This can help teachers to understand how the pandemic has affected children, and be responsive to their immediate needs, by providing opportunities for children to recover and reconnect through a play-based approach to learning.

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower, which operates the Aikengall Community Wind Farms in East Lothian, said: “The amount of teaching and learning time spent outside means primary schools need all the support they can get to ensure they have a safe environment for children to learn in.

“Our fund is designed to help schools and other organisations ensure they can support local people, providing the resources required to ensure pupils’ physical and mental wellbeing is catered for, and also adhere to the government’s guidance around distancing, sharing of space and resources, and access to well-ventilated spaces.

“Returning to school is vital for the wellbeing and education of children, and the positive stimulating activity planned by West Barns Primary School sounds very exciting.

“While the Covid-19 pandemic has negatively impacted children, it’s lovely to see how it’s acted as a catalyst for staff at West Barns Primary to plan and deliver high quality teaching and learning experiences using the school grounds.

“This is why we didn’t hesitate when West Barns Primary School explained what they were planning to do with the funding.”

For more information on Community Windpower and BeGreen Dunbar’s Covid-19 crisis fund, please contact Cathleen Anderson at the BeGreen shop in Dunbar.

However, due to Covid-19 the shop is currently only accessible by calling 01368 863720 or by emailing begreen@communitywindpower.co.uk.

It is usually open between Monday and Wednesday, from 9am to 1pm, and Cathleen is available to offer advice on energy saving, renewable top-up funding and other funding.

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