It was with much excitement, that in February 2018, the School heard from the Charity Commission that the application to set up the West Wimbledon Primary School Maintenance Charity had been successful. First discussed by Governors in June 2017, the Charity was developed to achieve two purposes.
The first is to advance the education of the pupils at West Wimbledon Primary School by providing and assisting in the provision of facilities for education at the School, for the public benefit.
This part of the Charity’s work will focus on supporting the School through fund-raising and donations and will take over the work around the School Fund. As a registered charity, it will be able to claim Gift Aid relief, which will allow the School to add an extra 25% , reclaimed from the Government, for every donation made by a UK taxpayer.
The second arm of the charity is focused on promoting social inclusion among families of children with autism and their children who are socially excluded from society, or parts of society, as a result of their autism.
Whilst it is still early days, the initial thinking behind the charity’s work is
- to provide information, guidance and support to families who are new to a diagnosis of autism;
- to help raise public awareness of the issues affecting families and their autistic children;
- to provide workshops, forums, advocacy and general support for children with autism and their families;
- to provide recreational facilities and opportunities for children both with and without autism outside of the school day.
The charity is entirely separate from the School and will be developing its own work-plan and website, in the coming months.