Naturally, grant applications are very rare at present, but one application that the trustees approved at their last meeting was to award £3,410 to Hermitage Field Community Meadow. This newly formed charity is aiming to restore 5.5 acres into a species-rich wildflower hay meadow beside the Crook o’Lune, engaging local schoolchildren in the planting.
Miss Brearley sounds inspirational!
It has not been possible for most of the activities planned for 2020 to take place, but the Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs have managed one. During October half-term 6 young people from Lancaster went on a residential course at Ormside Mill outdoor centre in Cumbria.
Sadly – but not surprisingly – most of the activities funded by The Areti Trust at the beginning of the year have had to be postponed. The trustees were therefore very pleased to learn that Lancashire Youth Challenge managed to complete a modified version of their Coniston Challenge over the summer. This enabled 2 separate groups of young people to spend 3 days (non-residential) caving, hiking and ghyll-scrambling – a character-forming experience that enabled them to put lockdown out of their minds for a short time. (And also – a common theme it seems with such mini-adventures – involved them getting very wet!)
The 2019 annual report for the Areti Trust has now been signed off and is en route to the Charity Commission.
The Trustees included the attached comments in the report. Obviously everything is currently up in the air with Covid-19, but the trustees’ motivation and aims remain unchanged: to fund further mini-adventures and learning opportunities for children and young people who would not otherwise have such chances in their lives.
The Areti Trust has also made a small grant to St Patrick’s Primary School for a class visit to Windermere.
The trustees met recently to consider the latest applications and agreed to make the following grants:
- £6,580 to Ludus Dance for a one-year pilot project with two primary schools to develop a programme of dance based on the natural world.
- £1,200 to Walney Community Trust for a youth residential to Ambleside.
- £13,500 to Morecambe Bay Partnership for primary school visits to Sunderland Point and follow-up creative activities.
- £3,394 to Lancaster Boys & Girls Club for various outdoor activities.
- £8,150 to Lancashire Youth Challenge towards their outdoor summer challenges.
- £5,800 to Arnside & Silverdale AONB for a pilot project working with a pupil referral unit.
- £3,500 to Marsh Community Centre for a youth residential.
- £10,000 to Arnside & Silverdale AONB to work with primary schools and produce work for Light Up Lancaster and the Morecambe West End Lantern Festival.
The trustees also agreed to make a grant of £25,000 to Escape2Make later in the year for their 2021 Mini Green Festival.
Finally, the trust will continue to fund visits to Leighton Moss by primary schools with above-average pupil premiums.
One of the projects which the Areti Trust helped to fund this year was the Hadrian’s Wall walk by Lancashire Youth Challenge.
In August a team of 16 young people, 2 staff and 4 volunteers hiked across 50 miles in 4 days, beginning at Hedden-on-the Wall and concluding in Carlisle.
The young people on the walk had been referred to Lancashire Youth Challenge by Lancaster Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Barnardo’s, Lancashire Constabulary, local pupil referral units and schools due to their personal needs and vulnerabilities. They had worked hard in preparation for the walk, building up their fitness, resilience and team-building, and they completed this amazing challenge successfully.