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Young people with special educational needs win trip to the British Science Museum

Young people with special educational needs win trip to the British Science Museum

Ruth Durkin No Comment

Sheffield Futures has secured a £500 grant to take 33 young people with special educational needs and disabilities to the British Science Museum as part of British Science Week.

Competition was tough with the British Science Week 2016 Community Grant Scheme receiving 218 applications for just 50 grants.

The trip took place on Saturday 19th March and was the final activity as part of a month-long project, which started in February, to raise awareness of careers and study opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

We run three specialist youth clubs for young people aged 13-25 with special educational needs and disabilities who meet weekly and engage in learning activities.

One of the main aims of the groups is to focus on the young people’s futures and potential education, employment and training opportunities. This unique project will offer them the chance to think about a career in scientific subjects. The trip will also be a valuable social experience for the group and for many will be their first visit to London.

The trip will be evaluated to find out what the young people have learned and to inform planning for similar future activities for this group.

Louise Ellison, Community Youth Team Manager for the West of Sheffield, will be travelling to London with the group. She said: “The group of young people will have an opportunity for informal learning in an engaging and fun environment with the support of peers and trusted, experienced youth workers. This is an exciting opportunity for young people who would not normally get the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital.”

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