Help a Capital Child Patron, Margherita Taylor, officially launched TreeHouse School’s new Capital Sixth Form Learning Stations yesterday. The new facilities include a radio station (Ambition Radio), digital arts suite, retail outlet (Our Capital Shop) and art studio.
The Capital Sixth Form Learning Stations were funded through a grant of £98,000 from Help a Capital Child, Capital FM’s charity. The grant is the highest amount ever awarded by Help a Capital Child and was part of a record £1,612,840 given out to projects across London in the 2010 – 2011 financial year.
As well as providing an important creative outlet for pupils, the Capital Learning Stations will strengthen TreeHouse School’s vocational programme. They aim to develop the skills that pupils will need to live more independently and gain employment after leaving school.
Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, said: "Activities that promote creativity and self-expression are vital for children with autism as they can have real difficulty communicating with others. The Capital Learning Stations will help TreeHouse School pupils to express themselves and develop the skills they need to live more independent lives when they graduate. We are very grateful to Help a Capital Child and to Capital FM listeners for their overwhelming generosity and support."
Margherita Taylor, Capital FM Presenter and Help a Capital Child Patron, added: "We are delighted that Help a Capital Child’s largest grant has funded the innovative and vocational Capital Sixth Form Learning Stations here at TreeHouse School. Having seen the stations demonstrated today, we’re confident they will enable young people with autism to thrive and achieve their potential."
Dalton Leong, Managing Director of Capital FM’s Help a Capital Child, said: "It's great to see another example of the huge impact we've been able to make through our latest Capital Grant. Since my first visit to TreeHouse School, it's obvious that the charity is true to its word and is clearly ambitious about autism! What has been created is imaginative, innovative and clearly tailored to the young person's needs. Brilliant!"