THE WORK OF THE KELSICK FOUNDATION TODAY
The board of twelve voluntary trustees includes five co-optative members, and representatives approved by the Lakes Parish Council, Cumbria County Council and the University of Cumbria (Ambleside Campus). Meeting regularly, their work consists of property administration, grant allocation, maintenance and running of the Kelsick Centre. The trustees are selected for their expertise in fields related to these tasks.
Help to individuals
The Trustees have traditionally supported young people in training as well as those seeking higher education qualifications and degrees. The Kelsick offers support to those in apprenticeship schemes, and to students studying at universities, or at colleges of further or higher education. There are a number of reasons why families are finding it more necessary than ever to call on the Kelsick's help. Tuition fees and student loans are a particular burden on many, and the closure of special schools and inclusion of children with special needs in mainstream schools has also put a strain on teaching provision, with an increased demand for special needs teaching.
Organisations which provide facilities for young people under the age of 25 have been supported financially for many years by the Kelsick Foundation. The following clubs are amongst the beneficiaries: Ambleside Basketball Club, Ambleside Cricket Club, Ambleside Football Club, Ambleside Badminton Club and Ambleside Rugby Club. Examples of ways in which the Trustees have been able to support the Clubs includes grants towards equipment, building improvements and youth team strips. Various groups to receive support include Ambleside Toddlers and Playgroup, Guides, Brownies, Cubs and Scouts. The Trustees provided a fleet of canoes for the use of young people in the area, these are presently held at the Scout Hut.
The Foundation actively supports the work of the three Church of England voluntary aided primary schools within its area, namely Ambleside, Grasmere and Langdale. The Trustees are aware of funding requirements with particular reference to pupils with Special Educational Needs, which is an area of increasing demand. As a result of liaison with the respective Headteachers monies have been made available to each school to facilitate the education of those pupils who require specific and more general learning support. The Trustees also support the schools financially for such ventures as educational visits, reading resources and items of necessary equipment. The financial input to the schools has increased over recent years, indicating the real commitment of the Trustees to the educational support of all young people attending school in Ambleside, Grasmere and Langdale.
The Trustees believe that investment in the education of our young people is priceless. The Foundation is uniquely placed by virtue of its experience and knowledge of local requirements to expand this work.
If you are interested in supporting this most worthwhile cause via a gift, a covenant or a bequest, please contact the Clerk to the Trustees for more information.