Charity activities and impact

Our activities and their impact

Oval Learning builds capacity within schools and communities to maximise positive outcomes for young people.

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We help thousands of individuals and families build skills, enrich networks, gain confidence and extend horizons.

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We identify gaps, build networks and support schools as community hubs.

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  • Facilitating enriching activities and experiences where children from different backgrounds learn and play together
  • Commissioning specialist support and therapies to meet individual needs
  • Organising mentoring and work experience and building social capital to help access jobs, training or independent living
  • Reaching beyond organisational barriers to focus efforts, avoid duplication and achieve best impact from limited resources
  • Sharing skills and ideas and building peer support networks for teachers and youth workers

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This strengthens our community and improves opportunities for children.

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  • Young people access varied creative, sporting and outdoor experiences, broad friendships and diverse networks
  • Children and families gain valuable skills, tools and resources to overcome barriers
  • Young people are better prepared to make the most of their education, build healthy relationships, play a positive role in society and live their best lives.
  • Local services and resources can more easily reach the people they intend to benefit
  • Schools work more effectively together and with other partners to deliver excellent education and opportunities for all

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The challenges and opportunities in our community

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The challenges in our area:

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  • Three quarters of pupils in our area live in poverty.
  • Most don’t speak standard English as their first language.
  • Many face complex health and social issues including mental and physical illness, special needs and disability, communication difficulties and crowded temporary housing.
  • Cuts to public funding force a struggle for families and professionals to access resources needed to help every child reach their potential.
  • This is a densely populated urban area featuring extremes of wealth and poverty, illegal levels of air pollution and fear of violent crime.

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The opportunities:

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  • Trusted school adults interact with children daily and play a holistic role in developing and supporting them and their families.
  • Schools can influence cultural and environmental norms, provide meals and structure, broker additional support, stimulate independence and broaden horizons.
  • Our vibrant, diverse and open community includes thousands of children bursting with potential as well as hundreds of skilled and dedicated professionals and energetic parents and volunteers.
  • We are centrally located in a world class city with excellent services, opportunities and resources on our doorstep. We can connect these assets where they can make most difference.

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