Why does St Joseph’s Specialist Trust need to fundraise?

With most of our income derived from Local Authorities who place students and vulnerable adults with us, it is difficult to provide all the equipment and facilities at the right time without fundraising to give the very best learning and care experience to our students. These additional funds contribute an integral and important element to our overall success and the development of the Trust, giving us more control and flexibility in meeting the ever changing needs of our students and young adults.

What sorts of things do St Joseph’s raise funds for?
Suggestions for new projects come from the whole school community i.e. children, families, staff, Trustees and Governors and are then considered by the Senior Leadership Team as to how they “fit” with the Trust’s overall strategic plans. Our ‘Wish List’ of items can evolve regularly and items range from new and replacement playground equipment, to £1m+ new buildings which all make the school more enjoyable and effective. For supporters and donors there is something at a price for everyone and a copy of the current Wish List is available at your request from

Who raises the money?
The Trust employs a Fundraiser to encourage support and manage donations from a variety of sources. This includes building relationships with individuals to use social media and websites, such as Just Giving, to maximise donations. Where appropriate, events are organised with the Fundraiser acting as the focal point for wider support from companies, local community clubs and organisations, as well responsibility for making bids and applications to Trusts and Foundations. Examples of current and former supporters can be found on our Supporter List.

What can you do?
There are lots of ways you can help:

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Perhaps you could spare some time when the world gets back to “normal”? We are keen for all the children to meet more people as well as sharing our rich school life with the wider community, as we know it’s beneficial for everyone. So whether it’s weeding a flower bed or perhaps helping with arts and crafts, please get in touch to discuss what you would like to do. Email or phone the school so we can link you to the right person to suit your interest and time available.

Thank you.