Local Sustainability Fund Awarded
Celtic Harmony is one of a handful of charities in the South East to have been given a Local Sustainability Fund award, in an announcement made by The Cabinet Office last week.
The Local Sustainability Fund is to support voluntary organisations to become more resilient and sustainable in order to further benefit the most disadvantaged. Celtic Harmony aims to address the low level of well being in children and young people, particularly those with low academic achievement, behavioural, learning and physical disabilities who often flourish through a multi sensory hands-on experience at Celtic Harmony Camp, the Iron Age settlement in Bourne Wood, Brickendon near Hertford. The charity provides hands-on cultural heritage education of ancient Britain and volunteering, training and employment opportunities to disadvantaged young people and adults.
Celtic Harmony works with partners such as Hertford Regional College and Pinewood School Academy Trust to provide inclusive, vocational work experience programmes. Brad is the latest work experience student from Pinewood School Academy Trust working as part of the conservation team every week to learn traditional conservation techniques and develop communication / team skills, guided by Celtic Harmony team leaders qualified in working with a range of abilities and experts in outdoor learning.
'This winter the conservation team has been coppicing an area of woodland whilst another team of Celtic Harmony volunteers have been building the first two of five new roundhouses with local our Assistant Ranger Apprentice James McGeoh .' explains Luca Parrella, Celtic Harmony's Heritage Director. "The Local Sustainability Fund award will enable us to work on our change plan for the next five years, so the charity can become to become more resilient in order to benefit future generations."
Celtic Harmony will also be working with Inspire 2 Enterprise, one of the UK's leading enterprise support organisations for the social sector. Malcolm Johnston, Head of Enterprise says 'We are delighted to be working as a business partner to Celtic Harmony, and helping them to become more sustainable. Our enterprise advisers provide unique business support to growing social enterprises and advice to organisations of all sizes seeking to create further social value.'
Ed Uncle, IT Manager at Pinewood School Academy Trust comments, 'We have a long history of working with Celtic Harmony and fully support this award, we will be providing specialist IT support and our students will benefit from work experience and an archery day at Celtic Harmony.'
Clare Holt, Marketing and Fundraising Director at Celtic Harmony said "The Local Sustainability Fund award will give Celtic Harmony the opportunity to work with business planning, marketing, finance and IT experts to ensure the charity's sustainability for the future.'
For more information about volunteering or events at Celtic Harmony Camp go to www.celticharmony.org/volunteering or call Clare Holt, 01438 718543.
For more information, and high resolution photographs, please contact Clare Holt at Celtic Harmony on 01438 718 543 or 07917 193293.
Celtic Harmony is an award winning charity, providing hands-on cultural heritage education of ancient Britain to increase understanding of the natural world and create a more sustainable way of life for future generations. Registered Charity Number 1156199
Inspire 2 Enterprise : I2E provides a unique social enterprise support, information and advice from start-up through to initial growth and beyond.The Inspire2Enterprise service is delivered by qualified advisers and specialists, by phone, email or online via webcam www.inspire2enterprise.org
Pinewood School Academy Trust : is one of the oldest special schools in the country and is a mixed residential school for approximately 100 pupils with moderate learning difficulties (MLD). www.pinewood.herts.sch.uk