Investing in Young People
We obtain much enjoyment and satisfaction from supporting local charities and organisations which promote the welfare of young persons..
We support by a donation of £500 per annum Canterbury Academy’s Sports Scholarship Programme, which offers financial support to those students competing in sport at a very high level in order to help to meet the high costs of training and competing.
The club also donates a prize at the Academy’s Annual Presentation Evening.
In addition club members conduct CV Training and mock job interviews with students from the Academy to help them to prepare them for the difficult task of seeking employment at the conclusion of their studies.
Joy Lane School, Whitstable
The club organises an annual pantomime trip to The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury for autistic children from the Oysters Specialist Provision at Joy Lane School in Whitstable. They attend the special “relaxed” pantomime performance specifically designed and adapted for children who are autistic. The club also provides the children with a summer “Kids Out” event, which in recent years has been to Wingham Wildlife Park.
Photographs show the children with staff members, Club President Chris Jackson and other club members outside The Marlowe Theatre in January 2018 and in their seats waiting for the show to start.
Kent Young Carers Project
The club also takes young carers supported by the Kent Young Carers Project to the annual pantomime at The Marlowe. Young carers are children whose role caring for other members of their family makes normal childhood activities impossible. They enjoy a backstage visit after the show and meet the stars of the show. Club members then escort the young carers to PizzaHut to enjoy a pizza meal.
Photograph shows young carers with star of the show Ben Roddy and Club President Chris Jackson with other club members after the performance of Peter Pan in January 2018.
St. Nicholas School
We also support St. Nicholas School in Canterbury, a special school for pupils aged 4 to 19 years with severe learning needs. We sponsored children and members of staff to attend the special relaxed performance of Peter Pan at The Marlowe Theatre in January 2018.
The club also recently donated £500 towards the various projects which are undertaken by the PTFA of the school, including the refurbishment of the playground area, but which the normal school budget does not allow.
The club has previously donated £5,000 which was used to renovate the school garden making it suitable for the use of the children and to provide replacement playground equipment.
The photograph shows Head Teacher Daniel Lewis explaining the use of the garden to club members.
Try Angle Awards
The annual Spirit of Try Angle Awards organised by the Education and Young People’s Services of Kent County Council to celebrate the achievement of young people from across Kent is also sponsored by the club by a donation of £250. The event was last held in November 2017, when Club President Chris Jackson and another member attended in support.