DIY SOS at Calthorpe School

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Staff from Frederick Cooper (Birmingham) Ltd. joined forces with volunteers from Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby to spend the day building a life-enhancing project for school pupils at Calthorpe Academy in Birmingham, an incredible special school for children with complex learning needs.

The project was facilitated by ex-military coaches and mentors from Fusion Community Initiatives. As well as delivering a wonderful new facility for school pupils, the day’s activity was also an opportunity for volunteers to step out of their comfort zone taking on new challenges and learning new skills working alongside people they have not met before.

Chris McCartney, Assistant Head at Calthorpe Academy said,

‘We’re really thankful to all our volunteers. Their hard work has opened up an otherwise ‘no- go zone’ for pupils and delivered an amazing outdoor space for personal development through play. We now have a lovely walkway and outdoor classroom in our small wooded area- not bad for inner city Birmingham.’

Jai Purewal, Frederick Cooper added,

‘Today was challenging but ultimately very rewarding knowing what we are leaving behind for the school, its pupils and staff. Frederick Cooper is committed to supporting our local community and Calthorpe [Academy] being less than 2 miles from our Bordesley Green headquarters means it’s a perfect fit.’

Watch the project video here:

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