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Rainbow Hub gives update on new neurodiverse school building

Posted on - 16th June, 2024 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Chorley News, Croston, Education, Preston News, Schools, South Ribble News
Rainbow Hubs new school. Pic: Rainbow Hub

Rainbow Hub’s dream is almost a reality, as their purpose-built school in Mawdesley is nearly ready. The nonprofit organisation provides services for children with special educational needs due to physical and neurological disabilities and their new school is set to open in September.

The main construction is nearly finished and electrical work began at the end of May. Completion is due in August, allowing time for the charity to install their equipment before opening for the new school year in September.

The school will initially offer places to children aged 5 – 11 years who have physical challenges but can follow a personalised curriculum.

Read more: Rainbow Hub starts work on new school for children with special educational needs

A combined education and health approach at Rainbow Hub will help children to lead as full and independent lives as possible.

Future plans will extend places to young people up to 16 years.

When finished there will be three large classrooms (plus an existing one), a multi purpose hall with suspended ceiling swings, two additional therapy rooms, accessible life skills kitchen, ground level rebound trampoline, outdoor classroom, meeting spaces and a dedicated parent/carers room.

Lyndsay Fahey, CEO, Rainbow Hub, said, “We started with a dream and to make this dream a reality we secured funding of £5 million from Wain Foundation which was a remarkable act of kindness for which we will be forever grateful.”

“It will allow us to provide support to children who may sometimes be over-looked but deserve every opportunity to become as independent as possible.”

Read more: Neurodisability charity awarded cash boost in dragons den style event

She continued, “However, these wonderful donations are restricted to the building projects, and we will still need to raise £700,00 each year to keep our core therapy services running so the support of all the other wonderful people who help us is vitally important.”

The building has been designed in neutral colours for a calming effect, all education and therapy rooms will have a H track ceiling hoist and classrooms will contain both education and therapy equipment making them all multi-purpose.

See a computer-generated preview of the school below.

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