Bedminster Down School Head Teacher Gary Schlick and John James Bristol Foundation’s Chairman Joan Johnson with the third John James commemorative board. Bedminster Down School have a long history with the Foundation, they receive the annual Prize and Awards grant given to Secondary Schools in the City of Bristol. Following a grant in 2008 of £15,000 they named the library the ‘John James Library’, and one of their four House groups is named after him.
Soil Association is a membership charity working to make good food the easy choice for everyone, whoever and wherever they are. Food for Life brings schools, nurseries, care homes and communities together around healthy, tasty and sustainable food. The Foundation awarded Soil Association £2,000 towards the Bristol Food for Life School Awards project. The Food for Life School Award supports schools to take a whole school approach that sees them grow their own food; organise trips to farms; serve freshly prepared, well-sourced meals and provide an attractive dining environment so lunch times are a positive, exciting part of the day.
Claremont School Head teacher Alison Ewins and John James Bristol Foundation’s Chairman Joan Johnson with the second John James commemorative board. The Foundation granted £350,000 the Starfish Pool Appeal which was set up by friends of Claremont School to raise money to build and maintain a hydrotherapy pool at Claremont School. The pool opened in 2015 and is housed in The John James Building within the school grounds.
Trinity Mirror West teamed up with Great Western Railway (GWR) to find our 100 Great Westerners. The 100 Great Westerners is an exciting way to celebrate some of the most inspiring individuals from the South West region. Readers from ten newspapers had the chance to nominate figures from past and present. The top 50 will have one of GWR’s new fleet of locomotive named in their honour. The Foundation is pleased to announce that John James has been named in the top 50 Great Westerners.
Lifeskills is a safety education centre, built as a realistic 'village', based in the CREATE Centre, Bristol. It is designed to help children, adults with learning difficulties and older people learn about safety in a fun and interactive way. Participants make their way through the scenarios learning and demonstrating safety skills and experiencing emergency situations, including practicing emergency 999 calls, discovering and reacting to a house fire, carrying out first aid and experiencing the consequences of trespassing on a railway line – all made very realistic. Lifeskills currently run five different programmes which are specifically designed to educate Year 6 Primary school children (10-11 years), adults with learning difficulties, children with special educational needs, parents with young children and older people. The Foundation recently awarded £7,300 towards training and visits for people with learning difficulties and/or special needs.
A snapshot of recent activity at the Foundation.