An online campaign is taking place to raise money for special educational needs (SEN) students in Plymouth to learn to canoe, the Plymouth Herald reports.
The Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust is aiming to raise £13,000 by the end of May, which will pay for two purpose-built bellboats. These boats are specially designed to allow children with learning difficulties to enjoy canoeing.
Taking part in sports activities is extremely important for children with SEN, and water sports is a perfect example of this. With these adapted boats, they can get involved in an activity that can help them to build on their self-esteem.
In addition, it's the perfect opportunity for them to get involved in a group activity with their peers. While some SEN students may be hesitant to take part in a new activity, the new sensory experience is often found to be soothing.
This campaign in Plymouth will be particularly beneficial to the nearby Woodlands Primary School, which teaches young people with SEN.