2022 Grants to Voluntary Organisations

Calling all Voluntary Organisations – don’t miss out on potential funding.  The deadline for receipt of applications for Rand’s Educational Foundation grant is 28th January 2022.  If you have a requirement for a project or equipment within your youth-oriented organisation, please complete an application form or speak to a member of our governing body.  Further details and an application form can be found at here

Pirton Pre-School spends their annual grant from Rand’s

The Trustees were delighted to learn recently that Pirton Pre-School had used their annual grant on some very worthy projects – one to improve their garden space and create a new den and another to install a new whiteboard specially for the children.

During the Easter holidays, members of staff volunteered their time to make improvements to their outdoor space. All woodwork was refreshed with a coat of paint and new, themed play areas created including a construction/digging area, water play area and music area. A portion of the grant was used to purchase the materials and many of the resources for these areas.

Once the garden was finished, their team moved on to what had formerly been known as “The Blue Room”. The grant enabled them to purchase new furniture, soft furnishings and toys for what is now called “The Den”. This room provides a quiet space for the children and incorporates their library and sensory equipment, to create a calm ambience.

Finally, they had long wished for an interactive whiteboard for the main room in the setting for the children to use. Whilst they have tablets and a small computer, these are often “worked” by the adults and they were keen to have a resource that wasn’t so much adult-directed but at child level and fully interactive for them. It would also allow more opportunity for group ICT sessions. Together with funds raised through events at pre-school, the final portion of the grant was used to purchase this whiteboard and, unsurprisingly, is hugely popular with the children.

More details about the preschool are available on www.pirtonpreschool.co.uk and they also have a Facebook page if anyone wishes to follow them.

2021/22 Individual Grant Applications

Congratulations to all students from Ickleford, Holwell, Pirton and Lower Stondon who have secured a place at College or University for September 2021.

Did you know you that if you are aged between 16 and 24 years old you are eligible to apply for a grant from the Rand’s Education Foundation?

Application forms can be downloaded here so please complete them as soon as possible.

2021 Grants to Voluntary Organisations

Calling all Voluntary Organisations – don’t miss out on potential funding.  The deadline for receipt of applications for Rand’s Educational Foundation grant is 3rd February 2021.  If you have a requirement for a project or equipment within your youth-oriented organisation, please complete an application form or speak to a member of our governing body.  Further details and an application form can be found at here

Don’t miss out!

Calling all Voluntary Organisations – don’t miss out on potential funding.  The deadline for receipt of applications for Rand’s Educational Foundation grant is the end of January 2019.  If you have a requirement for a project or equipment within your youth-oriented organisation, please complete an application form or speak to a member of our governing body.  Further details and an application form can be found at www.rands.org.uk 

Brian Frederick – announcement

Rand’s Educational Foundation is sad to report the recent death of Brian Frederick, who has acted as the Clerk to the Foundation since 2002.  Brian amassed a wealth of knowledge about the Foundation during his time as Clerk; assisted many of the young people who have received grants during this period as well as ably supporting the Trustees.  His loss will be keenly felt by all that knew him.  The Trustees, both past and present offer their sincere condolences to Brian’s family.

New Application Forms

A reminder:  Now that Rand’s Educational Foundation has its own website, please note that we will only accept application forms that have been downloaded from this site.  We are working hard to ask all other organisations to remove older versions of the forms!

Thanks for your understanding.

World Challenge Success!

During the summer of 2016, me and sixteen others from Hitchin Boy’s School embarked on a twenty-eight day world challenge trip to Thailand and Cambodia with the company Outlook Expedition.  One of the challenges was to raise over £4,500 to fund the trip, which was difficult, but by working at Hitchin Lavender Farm and undertaking various fundraising events, together with a financial contribution from Rand’s Education Foundation, I was able to raise the money.

During the expedition, I was able to present and learn various skills, such as being given the role of team leader for one day which gave me responsibility for others within my group.  We spent 5 days working alongside local conservation staff on the Chi Phat Eco-Tourism Project and built somewhere for the tourists to sleep overnight when they are trekking in the forest.  We also did some trekking ourselves, visited a Cambodian school and met a survivor from the Khmer Rouge Prison S-21 in Cambodia.

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Meeting a survivor of S-21 Prison

 

I also had the responsibility of making sure all the transport arrangements were correct, keeping to the budget allocated and most importantly making sure no one got left behind! I learnt from this that the key to success is communication and teamwork, something I believe I can incorporate into my future life.

Finally, the greatest lesson I took away from this trip was opportunity. I’ve learnt to appreciate the education that is presented before me and to seize it with both hands.

Joe Henshaw

New website for Rand’s Educational Foundation!

Rand’s Educational Foundation has launches a new website.  Following feedback from our students, applicants and governing body, the website now provides information on the various types of awards we offer, together with information about the application process, important dates and updates on how our awards are helping individuals and organisations within Ickleford, Holwell, Pirton and Lower Stondon.

For full details, visit www.rands.org.uk