New Forest educational programme to progress thanks to £30,000 donation

Local charity, New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust, is set to benefit from a £10,000 boost for the next three years, a total of £30,000, thanks to the Barker-Mill Foundation (BMF).

The donation from BMF will secure the employment of a part-time educational officer, allowing the Trust’s educational programme to grow despite challenges in the shape of curriculum changes and rising school transport costs.

Learning is at the heart of everything the Trust does and a thriving education department runs regular activities for schools, families and lifelong learners at the New Forest Centre, a free entry museum, reference library and art gallery in Lyndhurst.

The addition of a part-time educational officer will elevate and assist the delivery of the Trust’s educational development plan.

Hilary Marshall, New Forest Centre Manager, said: “Our education work with schools has continued to go from strength to strength, highlighting the demand for learning outside the classroom.

“We’re extremely grateful for the generous donation from the Barker-Mill Foundation. The donation will help our development plan flourish with the additional help from a part-time educational officer.”

The plan is set to include the development of new sessions specifically aimed at KS3 students to replace the current GCSE sessions that are no longer needed due to the revised curriculum, as well as new outreach sessions aimed at KS1 and KS2 pupils.

The Trust also aims to continue providing high quality learning programmes designed for both adults and children such as their Discovery Days, adult and children’s workshops.

Tim Jobling, BMF Trustee said: “We’re thrilled that we can donate such a beneficial amount to the Trust. It is wonderful to see how much they give to the community and we are looking forward to watching them grow over the next few years.”

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