College wins funding to raise awareness of disabilities
12 December 2014
Barking & Dagenham College has been named as one of only four further education colleges and providers in London to have been awarded funding by the Equality and Diversity Good Practice Fund.
The £600 grant the College has received is being used to fund its learning difficulties and disabilities calendar project. The idea behind the calendar is to help raise awareness of the different disabilities that students at the College face. Each month features a different disability alongside artwork depicting the seasons which has been created by the students. It’s hoped that not only will the calendar help people to understand topics such as autism and epilepsy, it will also provide the learning difficulties and disabilities students with the opportunity to gain valuable business skills. The students have been responsible for every stage of the process in producing the calendars, from deciding on the designs to talking to the printers and selling the calendars.
Lis Honeysett, from Barking & Dagenham College said:
“We were delighted to be given this grant. It means that the calendar can become an annual project for the students. Everyone has already enjoyed being involved in the project so much, and it really has been an opportunity for the students to not only gain new skills but help dispel myths and misunderstandings about some of the disabilities that they have to cope with on a daily basis. Not only that, the calendar looks fantastic, and it’s a great Christmas stocking filler!”
The Equality and Diversity Good Practice Fund is provided by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and managed by Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). ECU’s Chris Brill led the assessment of applications to the fund. He said:
“We awarded grants to projects that would have a wider impact – not just for that provider, but which could sustain and embed their work, and ultimately, make a real difference for students. All the projects will be working directly with students, making sure their voices and experiences are reflected and their needs are met in any resources produced.”
The Barking & Dagenham College calendar is on sale at the College, at The Maples and in the Relish Café in Dagenham and costs £7.