Doncaster Deaf Trust is well on the way to launching a brand new facility, a 'Forest School' thanks to the Tesco Bags of Help Community initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme gave community groups and projects in each of these regions, the opportunity to win grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. Members of the public voted in store from 26 September to 9 October on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs. 

Doncaster Deaf Trust came first in the South Yorkshire region and was awarded £12,000 to develop a Forest School - a completely natural, outdoors, learning environment. When completed, the Forest School will boast a large log cabin, a Fire-Pit area, a broad range of tools to hep children complete outdoor projects and of course, a range of outdoor, weather-proof clothing just in  time for the British Summer!

The facility will be available to other local schools to use but will be managed by the Manager and senior staff of The Little Learners' Nursery. 

The Launch and Open Day event is planned (But needs to be confirmed) for June 23rd, when the Rt Hon Rosie Winterton and other senior dignitaries will be in attendance. AS the project develops, we will show photographs here and on a web-page, currently being designed, specifically for the Forest School. 

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