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School wants public support for “nurture space”

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How the Nurture Space might look

A WARRINGTON primary school is calling on the community to back its bid to create a special nurture space for pupils to feel comfortable and calm.
Park Road Primary, at Great Sankey is campaigning for votes from the local communities of Penketh and Sankey, but also needs town backing after being shortlisted for an Aviva Community Fund grant.
Public votes are critical to help the school achieve the grant, which will be used to build a wooden structure in the school grounds, close to nature.
The building will be fitted out as a nurture space to foster an environment in which pupils feel comfortable and calm and a space in which the school will offer one-to-one support and group sessions for children who feel vulnerable emotionally or who are experiencing anxiety.
Due to space constraints, the school does not currently have an appropriate facility within the main building to create the “nurture” space required to implement a range of interventions, as required.
Instead, teachers and support staff have to use ad hoc spaces which are subject to interruption.
Head teacher Nicky Parkinson said: “We really do need this space if we are to create a dedicated, fully resourced sensory space to meet the whole needs of our children, and therefore, we are calling on the Warrington community – and in particular the residents of Great Sankey and Penketh – to support our bid by voting for us,
“To be in with a chance we have to have the public behind us, so we’d really welcome Warrington supporters to spend just a minute of their time registering and using their 10 votes for Park Road to help us realise this dream for our school.”
The activities offered in the space will include one-to-one and group counselling sessions and play and art therapy which will be programmed with specialist support.
Outside of school hours, the space can also be used for parental support sessions, either individually or in small groups and could also be offered to groups outside the immediate school community.
It takes one minute to cast a vote for the school and people can do so using the following link: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-1447.
Voting closes on  November 20 and each voter gets 10 votes, so voters are being urged to use them all!

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