Friends of Bents Green is a registered charity (Charity Number 1092143)  which provides additional support to the school to ensure it can deliver a broad range of services and support to pupils and their families. This may range from specialist equipment or technology to aid communication, an adventure playground, supporting the first Bents Green Leavers Prom organising and funding family fun days.

One of our main areas for development over the next few months is parent and family support with workshops to promote health, wellbeing and general coping strategies.

All parents/carers and wider family are automatically members and we welcome anyone in the local area who would like to support our school. We also meet together as a group in school on a monthly basis for a chat and get together, this is a chance for parents to get to know and support each other.

Putting it simply; by getting involved in your child’s school, you are getting involved in one of the most important parts of their life. It keeps you connected to the school, helps you know what is going on, and is a fantastic way to really get to know the staff and other parents.

As the schools budgets are tightened even further it’s so important that we all help to ensure that our children do not miss out. Fund raising means that the children can still benefit from things like new sports equipment supporting the Bike It Project in school or contributing to the funding of the Ethel Barge trips which our pupils really enjoy and all those extras that the schools own budget is just not able to afford.

There is no pressure to get involved in the fundraising, you can help a little, or help a lot, it’s entirely up to you, every little really does help. So whether you end up volunteering to organise the whole raffle or just to fold the tickets, shop for supplies, collect raffle prizes, cook, write a quiz, decorate the hall, run the bar or even figure out how the gazebo goes up; it is all valuable stuff and your help will genuinely be appreciated.

Finally, the whole thing can be a great laugh, sometimes challenging, often exciting, and okay, sometimes a bit stressful, but always satisfying and definitely rewarding.

I am Sue Roe secretary of the fund raising group, my husband and I joined the group when our 2 youngest sons came through the school from Y7 through to Post 16. With the hard work and the support of the staff and the progress they made we wanted to give something back by helping to raise funds for the extra equipment and treats to benefit all the young people who attend the school.

Charity Night at Dogs

Please see the below poster for a charity night arranged for raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK and Friends Of Bents Green.

Unwanted Christmas Gift Sets and Toiletries

We would be very grateful if parents/carers could send in any unwanted Christmas gift-sets / perfumes / good quality toiletries which could be used to make up raffle prizes. Please hand in to reception.  Thank you.

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Fundraising for 2016/2017  

This year we are raising funds for sensory equipment.  We have already helped to purchase some items and our aim is to raise
£1,000 to provide more sensory equipment.
To start off our fund-raising this year we have a new venture which we would very much appreciate your help with. For full details please download the letter sent out to our parents (see Fundraising Events section) which provides full details. Please also tell family and friends so that we can receive as many DVD donations as possible to make this a great success! We will keep you updated on our progress and all donations will be gratefully received until the end of the school year.

Updates so far this year ….

The money we have raised from September 2016 – December 2016 for sensory equipment was a fantastic £700!

Update February 2017: the new total now stands at £1000 which means we have achieved our target amount!  Thank you to everyone who supported the following events to enable us to raise this amount: Westfield School Christmas Fayre, BG Fashion Show, Christmas raffle and Enterprise Day. A BIG THANK YOU to Henry Boot Construction for donating £100 and Meadowhall who kindly donated a £10 voucher.

Kate Bradshaw, Chair of FOBG would personally like to thank all the committee members for all their hard work and dedication and also thank our parents/carers, family and friends for their continued support.

Spring Term Events and Easter Eggs for All!!

FOBG committee members will be at the Ringinglow site to hand out Easter eggs to every student on Wednesday 5 April before the end of day.  Westfield and P16 Sheaf Training students are also included and they will recieve an Easter egg to take home before the end of term!

FOBG are running an Easter Raffle.  From Monday 3 April – Wednesday 5 April BG students at Ringinglow Road will have the opportunity to purchase a ticket for £1 for the chance to win one of 5 large Easter egg prizes!  The raffle will be drawn by committee members and the winners will be presented with their prize in the school assembly on Thursday 6th April.                                                    Happy Easter everyone!

 Fashion Show – 13 June 2017

Thank you to everyone who supported this event. We had another successful evening; there were lots of bargains and everyone had the opportunity to go home with a new addition to their wardrobe! The total amount raised was £363.00.

2015/2016 Fundraising News

Friends of Bents Green have raised nearly £2k last year.  We helped to raise funds for students so that they could take part in canoeing, the Bike-It project and obtained Autism Awareness Cards.

Fun Day & BBQ

So far we have raised £425.85 (excludes raffle money) on our Fun Day event which was held on Friday 8 July 2016. Many thanks to everyone was came and supported us on the day. We had great fun organising this event; there was a variety of stalls to entertainment staff, parents and students and to make the afternoon perfect the sun came out!

Contact Email: fobgsch@yahoo.co.uk

(Charity Number 1092143)