Vote for iOi in the GamesAid 2017 charity nominations
We’re delighted to announce that we have been chosen as one of the GamesAid 2017 charity nominees!
By being nominated, we have the opportunity to receive significant support from GamesAid to be able to work with children with SEN or learning needs.
In order to receive this support, we need your help! Each GamesAid member is eligible to vote for the charity they would like to support. To vote for the Institute of Imagination, simply sign up for free to be a GamesAid member. You will then receive a voting card via email, where you can choose to vote for the iOi.
Voting will run from August 16th until 12pm on September 6th.
What will the funding be used for?
If we were to receive support from GamesAid, we would be able to deliver a fully integrated programme of activity that prioritises the creativity and imaginations of children with special needs. We want to provide them with specialised opportunities to learn, explore and experiment and – as a result – develop confidence and skills that will enable them to thrive in the future.
The programme would include:
- Dedicated workshops for SEN schools, run from our Imagination Lab or the school itself, which would focus on a range of themes tailored to suit the needs of each group
- Family activities following up from the schools’ workshops, which offer practical help to parents on how to be creative with their children at home
- Training for parents and teachers on how to integrate creative learning for children with SEN into the home and school environment
- Training for young adults with special needs to enable them to volunteer and help out at our events
As Lucy Capon, the lead teacher from a special needs school we recently worked with said: “I was so surprised by the responses we saw in some of our young people. Just being able to give them this opportunity of something new and different meant so much, as these are young people that can rarely access activities in the community and for whom the world can appear so daunting. Especially for our students with more severe Autistic Spectrum Disorder……there are very few outside companies that feel confident and have such a good understanding of autism and its huge spectrum. The iOi offers something invaluable.”