TEACHERS and children at a school in Uttoxeter have high hopes for fun and games with a serious message - thanks to a donation from JCB.
The company has handed over £500 to buy puppets and specialist games designed to help children as part of Picknalls First School’s HOPE scheme – an emotional coaching programme for five to nine-year-olds with social or mental health issues.
The initiative encourages communication through play and with 95 children already taking part, more equipment was needed to meet demand.
Sam Harris, special educational needs co-ordinator at Picknalls First School, in Oldfields Road, said: “HOPE is an emotional support service for children referred to the programme by a member of staff who has noticed behaviour changes.
“Over six weeks they are given strategies, play therapy and ‘talking opportunities’ to help overcome potentially life-impacting barriers.
“We are very grateful to JCB for this donation – it will make a world of difference to the service and will take us a step closer to our aim of rolling out the project to other local schools.”
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