Trefoil exists to support the development of children and young people with additional needs, to enable them to maximise their capabilities and achieve as much independence as possible.
At the end of 2017 Trefoil helped fund Children’s Classic Concert’s We Can Fly Project. Children’s Classic Concerts provide interactive and inspirational experiences of live music. ‘We Can Fly’ is a moving piece of music tailored for pupils with additional support needs at the point of their transition between primary and secondary school.
In September 2018 Trefoil helped fund a holiday for twins, Alec and Bobby. Both Alec and Bobby have Autism. The grant from Trefoil allowed Alec, Bobby and their parents to go on an Autism friendly holiday to Hartland Holiday Centre on the Isle of Wight. Hartland provides sensory rooms and facilities suitable for children with Autism.
In March, Trefoil awarded a grant of £3,620 which helped Options In Life expand and develop its social inclusion and skills development projects for young people who have a learning disability and other additional support needs.
In March, Trefoil awarded a holiday grant to 9 year old Deacon. The grant allowed Deacon to join his mum and siblings on holiday to Haven in Wales for his 10th birthday.
Last year, Trefoil member Sarah Lansdown met former Trefoil pupil Tony Cascarino and learnt about the impact that Trefoil School had on Tony throughout his life.
Tony attended Trefoil School from 1946 to 1952. At the time Trefoil School was based in Polkemmet House, Whitburn.
In September 2018 Trefoil provided funding of £7,500 to WAVES Additional Needs Support Group to take 90 members on a Residential Weekend at the Calvert Trust in Kielder.
Trefoil awarded a grant of £1,000 to support Campus Children’s Holidays Residential Project. Across the summer, 143 disadvantaged children benefited from the opportunity to attend this project, providing them with the much needed respite from challenging home lives.
In March 2018, Trefoil supported nine families to take part in the first ever DDX3X support UK family meet up.
Beneficiary, Pauline Jackson from Project Ability kindly designed a new leaflet for Trefoil. This will help spread Trefoil’s reach and allow Trefoil to support more young people with additional needs.
In September Trefoil supported Trinity Sailing Club, take five young people with additional needs, on a three day sailing voyage.
Last year Castlehill Primary School sought funding from Trefoil in order to create a sensory area, to support the needs of children with Autism.
With support from Trefoil, Callum now uses a sensory projector to help him get to sleep.
In October Linda, one of Trefoil’s Trustees, attended the Minecraft launch at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. Linda met Milo, who was delighted to show Linda how the game worked.
Over the summer Trefoil was delighted to support Gympanzees Pop Up activity centre for children with additional needs.
Trefoil was delighted to support Kirsty, who in August joined the Scottish squad for the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association World Games, in Barcelona.
At their recent board meeting the current Directors were pleased to welcome a new Trustee, Candice Donnelly, to the board of Trefoil.
In 2017 Trefoil committed a record £110,000 to deserving beneficiaries. Reflecting on this success at a recent meeting, the Board of Trustees resolved they would attempt to commit £120,000 over the course of 2018.
In 2017 Trefoil pledged £6,000 to Orchard Primary School to help them turn an empty outdoor space into a playground specifically adapted to the needs of children with autism.
In January 2017 Trefoil continued our support of Drake Music by providing a grant of £4,350 to their fantastic Junior Digital Orchestra project.
In March 2018 Trefoil provided a grant of £10,000 to The Teapot Trust to continue their work at Edinburgh Royal Children's Hospital.
Trefoil has continued our support of Project Ability with grants to aid their contribution to the upcoming World Down Syndrome Congress, taking place in Glasgow in July 2018, as well as an exhibition for World Autism Awareness Week.
Last year Trefoil awarded Lothian Disability Sport a grant of £5,000 to help make sport and exercise accessible to young people across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
In September 2017 Trefoil made a grant of £5,000 to Positive Realities, a local organisation which helps young people with additional needs to take part in activities around Edinburgh. This helped them to establish a new initiative, Social Hub.
At their recent board meeting the current Directors were pleased to welcome a new Trustee, Dennis Trueland, to the board of Trefoil.
Trefoil recently made a £1,000 award to Sporting Challenge, an organisation in Lancashire, which provides sports and leisure activities for people dealing with additional needs.
Earlier this year Trefoil supported the work of the Clowndoctors.
Trefoil is delighted to support Azeem Amir, a talented young footballer from Rochdale.
Lewis, from Darlington, took part in the 2017 Great North Run with the assistance of a Trefoil grant and completed the race in a fantastic time of two hours and four minutes.
Trefoil was proud to support a performance by Frozen Light Theatre during the Edinburgh Festival which was designed for people with additional needs.
Found Impressions. A short film about a brilliant art initiative delivered by Project Ability.