M6toll helps to create nurture room for primary school students

Funding from the M6toll has helped to create a safe, calm space for children at a Sutton Coldfield primary school.

A fully-equipped sensory and nurture room project, at St Anne’s Catholic Primary in Streetly, received £2,000 from Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL), operators of the M6toll, through its School Foundation Scheme.

Trish Johnston, head teacher at St Anne’s Primary School, said: “The idea behind the nurture room was to create a safe, calm and comforting space in the school where we could support the mental health and wellbeing of children.

“The room provides students and staff with a quiet place to talk about things that are troubling them, such as family illness or bereavement, and a suitable setting for therapy for those children with an educational healthcare plan.

“We are so grateful for the funding from M6toll which helped with the cost of equipping the room with comfy bean bags, sensory lighting and a water feature, as well as a fantastic relaxing mural.

“The room is already demonstrating its worth, allowing us to fully care for the children’s emotional needs and wellbeing in a safe and appropriate setting.”

The M6toll’s School Foundation Scheme was set up to provide primary schools located within a five-mile radius of the M6toll with the opportunity to access funds for projects and activities that cannot be run through normal school funding.

Maxine Estevez, from M6toll, said: “Increasingly young children are having to cope with stress that they can find hard to deal with. This excellent initiative from St Anne’s Primary School has created a lovely nurture room where they can be supported, and we are very proud to have donated towards such a good project.”

M6toll will be launching its new community funding initiative – Drive For Charity – this spring. For more information about MEL’s charity support visit www.m6toll.co.uk

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