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Wiltshire Portage receives £15,000 grant from Wiltshire Freemasons

Thursday, 21 May 2020

More children with special educational needs will get the home support they need, thanks to Wiltshire Freemasons

The generous grant of £15,000 to Wiltshire Portage will help fund regular home visits to four extra families each week as part of the charity’s Waiting List Programme.

Wiltshire Portage provides a unique home-visiting educational service for children with special educational needs and disabilities. More than a hundred families across Wiltshire receive Portage each week and they know that the best outcome for these children is to access the correct level of support at the earliest opportunity. The Waiting List Programme offers an initial eight weeks of home visits to assess the child, signpost families for additional support and create an individualised programme of activities to help develop each child’s skills.

The grant from Wiltshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Freemasons' Charity, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales.

Kim Hannay-Young, Service Manager at Wiltshire Portage said: 'We are most grateful to Wiltshire Freemason for their generous grant, which will help us to offer support to more children and reduce the length of time that they have to wait for this help. Children only get one chance at getting an education and we want to make sure they can take full advantage of it.'

Philip Bullock Provincial Grand Master for Wiltshire said: 'I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help Wiltshire Portage who do such an outstanding job helping families who have children who have special needs with their education. Giving these children the support they need at the earliest possible time is crucial in helping them to make the most of their time at school.'