Helen Allison School students and staff are presented with a new minibus

Our Helen Allison School in Kent was presented with a new minibus at a special event earlier this month (Wednesday, 7 November). The 15 seater will help make sure our students can continue getting out and about in the community, which is a key part of our work preparing them for adulthood.

A huge thank you to the Lord’s Taverners, sponsored by Robin Stanton-Gleaves, for providing the bus. And well done to everyone at the school for raising an amazing £14,000 to go towards the cost - by holding quiz nights, evening information talks and various donations from loyal supporters of the school.

Our Helen Allison School was founded over 50 years ago. It provides a tailored education to children on the autism spectrum, aged 5 to 19, supporting and challenging them to reach their full potential.

The new minibus will replace the school’s existing and minibus. It will allow students to make regular visits to the local community and take part in various activities with the support of staff – such as swimming, visiting local parks or museums. This is a key part of the school’s efforts to help students feel part of the local community and to prepare them for adulthood. Going out and about helps to build students’ independence and develop key life skills, like handling money. It is also a great way to make learning fun and engaging.

Simon Collins, Principal of our Helen Allison School said: “A big thank you to the Lord’s Taverners, Robin Stanton-Gleaves and everyone who helped fundraise for our wonderful new minibus.

Here at Helen Allison School, we aim to help our students develop and become more independent, by giving them as many learning and social opportunities as possible - both inside and outside the classroom.

“Many autistic children can feel very anxious when faced with new and unfamiliar environments, which can make it hard to get out and about. This is why our minibuses are so important. They provide a safe way for us to access the local community, allowing our students to build their confidence and life skills by trying activities that they might otherwise miss out on. This is a crucial part of our work in preparing our students for adulthood.”

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