Climate Change Small Grants Scheme for Schools Fund

North East Derbyshire District Council has followed on from declaring a climate emergency in the summer by actively helping fund local school projects.

As part of the Climate Change Small Grants Scheme, Deer Park school in Wingerworth was awarded £250 towards an Eco Project, which includes the purchasing of water butts to improve water efficiency and recycling bins and storage to improve recycling at the school.

Eleven schools from around the District have received funding from the Council to support their forward thinking and environmentally friendly ideas.

The cheque was presented by Councillor Diana Ruff to Ben Bentley; Chair of Governors, Mr Simon Beardall; Head Teacher, Mrs Vicky Western-Taylor; Teaching Assistant, and the two oldest and the two youngest pupils at the school.

The grant scheme was established by North East Derbyshire District Council in recognition that local communities must work in partnership to tackle environmental challenges we are facing. Tackling Climate Change is one of the key aims of the Council, and wanted to support local, young people, to make a difference for the future.

Ensuring we can take steps to securing a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future for our next generations are key aims of the Council and these objectives are part of the Council’s 2019-2030 Climate Change Plan.

Head teacher of Deer Park school, Mr Beardall said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the grant from North East Derbyshire District Council to help us begin our work on Climate Change. It has been our pupils here at Deer Park that first brought our attention to this important issue through our work on values and caring for others and our world. I am delighted that our local council can support our work and projects around Climate Change.”

Cabinet member for the Environment Cllr Cupit also said: “We are delighted to support our local schools in helping tackle climate change. By educating our children about the importance of recycling, sustainable living and thinking about the effects our lives have on future generations we can help do our bit as a district to become cleaner and greener. The projects we are supporting are great initiatives and exactly what we are aiming for with the Council’s Climate Change Plan.”

Photo: Left to Right – BACK - Mr Simon Beardall; Head Teacher / Cllr Diana Ruff / Mrs Vicky Western-Taylor; Teaching Assistant / Ben Bentley; Chair of Governors

FRONT - The two oldest and the two youngest pupils at the school.