Speedwell Trust is a voluntary organisation established in 1991 to bring Protestant and Catholic children together through education. It is a charitable trust governed by a trust deed which sets out the objects of the trust –‘to encourage the advancement of mutual understanding through education by encouraging, supporting and developing cross community projects.

’Our vision is of a shared society that is tolerant and respectful to everyone. We believe it is important to give children and young people the opportunity to learn about each other’s traditions, understand and respect their differences and recognise and value what they hold in common.

The Speedwell ethos encourages children and young people to view it as normal to cross inter cultural barriers and through contact build better and, in many cases, new relationships with their peer group from a different tradition.’


Testimonials

“A great day!”

A good idea to limit outdoor walk as far as deer park to meet needs of SEN children.  We had a great day at Parkanaur – the children really loved the artwork and dancing.  Thank you very much! (Workshop: Wildlife at winter, 7th December  2016)

“A wonderful day!”

Staff have been excellent.  Extremely age appropriate.  A wonderful day.  Thank you very much. (Workshop: Wildlife at winter, 7th December  2016)

“Another lovely Christmas trip!”

Thank you yet again for another lovely Christmas trip for our children.  We look foward to coming back next year. (Workshop: Wildlife at winter, 6th December  2016)

“Really great day!”

Really great day – fun filled and very informative for the children.  Many thanks. (Workshop: Wildlife at winter, 6th December  2016)

“Children thoroughly enjoyed their trip!”

Excellent programme delivered today by Jill and Ellen! The activities were well planned and age appropriate.  The children toroughly enjoyed their trip.  Excellent balance of indoor and outdoor activities.  Thank you Jill and Ellen for a fantastic day! (Workshop: Wildlife at winter, 5th December  2016)

“Wonderful, magical day!”

Again Melissa, Stephen and Sue have really made this a wonderful, magical experience for our children.  We cannot wait for our next visit to Parkanaur.  (Workshop: Wildlife at winter, 5th December  2016)

“All were happy!”

Very well organised, children thoroughly enjoyed the hunt and were engaged from start to finish.  Stephen, Jill and Sue all welcoming and great with children.  They were all at ease and happy during the programme.  Art activity also well tailored to P1 and P2 and every child could participate fully!  Continue to do what you are doing. (Workshop: Wildlife at winter, 2nd December  2016)

“Very well planned!”

Programme was very well planned, and taught to high standards.  Kids co-operated well due to this. (Workshop: Electricity/PSD, 1st December  2016)

“Very enjoyable day!”

Well structured, children engaged throughout, plenty of resources/activities planned.  Loved the balance of curriculum and PDMU.  Children seemed to have had a very enjoyable day.  Thank you (Workshop: Electricity/PSD, 1st December 2016)

“Perfect!”

Excellent!  Stephen & Jill were fantastic with the children! (Workshop: Bridge Building, 18th November  2016)

“Great Programme!”

We had a great day.  Well planned.  Great preparation.  Hope this fantastic programme continues.  Thank – You (Workshop: Bird Watch, 17th November  2016)

“Super!”

Children loved it!  A great day! (Workshop: Bird Watch, 17th November  2016)

“Excellent Programme!”

I thought it was very well organised with great resources.  Children were given lots of opportunities to explore the three words.  Children worked well within groups.  It was very effective and Stephen explained the words in such a way that children understood.  (Workshop: Prejudice, Stereotyping & Discrimination, 15th November  2016)

“Fantastic Work!  Well Done!”

This was a great day.  The children learned a great deal about prejudice, stereotype & discrimination in a fun and easy way, it was directed to their level.  It was extremely effective.  Stephen & Jill are great at what they do and I don’t think this can be improved on. (Workshop: Prejudice, Stereotyping & Discrimination, 15th November  2016)

“Very enjoyable day!”

Everyone really enjoyed today.  Good range of activities inside and outside.  Children really enjoyed the games.  Really enjoyed the potion hunt.  Thank you both so much.  (Workshop: Parkanaur Gruffalo, 14th November  2016)

“Great Active Learning!”

Thank you very much, children were actively engaged at all times and clearly learned a lot from the day.  (Workshop: Prejudice,Stereotyping & Discrimination, 11th November  2016)

“Great variety!”

Activities very interactive and fun today.  Great variety of group work skills included in the activities.  Keep it up!  (Workshop: Prejudice,Stereotyping & Discrimination, 10th November  2016)

“Fun,Interactive & Engaging!”

A really straightforward and clear presentation of all 3 words (S/P/D).  Games and activities were fun, interactive & engaging. (Workshop: Prejudice, Stereotyping & Discrimination, 10th November  2016)

“Fun Learning!”

Stephen was a fantastic leader.  He made learning fun and interesting.  Children loved all the activities.  Programme is perfect as it is!!!. (Workshop: Autumn in the Forest, 8th November  2016)

“Lots of Learning!”

Children learned lots of interesting facts about Autumn.  Children had the opportunity to work in groups with children from their partner school.  They had the chance to participate in enjoyable practical activities.(Workshop: Autumn in the forest, 8th November  2016)

“Well delivered programme!”

Mixed groups from the start was good as the children had to ensure two schools were mixed.  Well delivered programme today pitched at a suitable level for the children. (Workshop: Cultural Diversity, 26th October  2016)

“Informative Day!”

Thank you for a very informative day.  The children have learnt a lot of information about the two different cultures in which they live.  A great variety of activities provided to aid learning (Workshop: Cultural Diversity, 26th October  2016)

“Job Well Done!”

The children and myself really enjoyed today and learned a great deal, not only about other cultures but our own too!.  Thank You!  Job Well Done! (Workshop: Cultural Diversity, 25th October  2016)

“Excellent!”

Very well organised, great resources, children were encouraged to mix, timing was very good, Facilitators – great relationship with children! (Workshop: Cultural Diversity 25th October  2016)

“Excellent!”

It was excellent.  Children mixed really well.  There was an element of competition but it was all good natured.  (Workshop: Bridge Building, 24th October  2016)

“Great Day!”

Another great day.  Thank – you!  (Workshop: Bridge Building, 24th October  2016)

“Enjoyable morning!”

Children integrated very well together.  Stephen & Jill worked very well with pupils and made it a very enjoyable morning.  Many Thanks!.  (Workshop: Cultural Traditions, 19th October  2016)

“Thoroughly enjoyed it”

A great morning.  The children thoroughly enjoyed it.  Well organised and planned and look forward to the next day.  (Workshop: Cultural Traditions, 18th October  2016)

“Well structured and resourced”

Day was really well structured and resourced.  The children were reminded about different aspects of culture in a non-intrusive way.  Really enjoyed the morning, thanks!  (Workshop: Cultural Traditions, 18th October  2016)

“Great practical activities”

Very interactive, great practical activities.  Chldren encouraged to mix in groups.  (Workshop: Cultural Traditions, 17th October  2016)

“Fantastic set of activities”

It was a fantastic set of activities.  It was super the way Speedwell staff explained the cultural items in a very clear way, reinforcing respect, Great thanks (Workshop: Cultural Traditions, 17th October  2016)

“Many Thanks”

The mixture of activities worked well – just the right length.  Many thanks!  (Workshop: Cultural Traditions, 14th October  2016)

“Thank you”

All children were active participants of today’s activities.  They have developed an extended awareness of cultural signs and symbols in Northern Ireland.  Thank you very much, we look forward to the next activity day!  (Workshop: Cultural Traditions, 14th October  2016)

“Great Day”

Great day again!!  Thank you!  (Workshop: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, 13th October  2016)

“Amazing Day”

An amazing day full of exceptional information & practical activities.  Thank you so much!  (Workshop: Cultural Identity, 10th October  2016)

“Active Learning”

The children really enjoyed learning about the different flags and could identify flags they liked best – not necessarily flags that they may have picked beforehand.  They really enjoyed the game identifying different symbols and worked very well as a group.  (Workshop: Cultural Identity, 10th October  2016)

“Excellent”

Excellent programme, children loved it.  (Workshop: Team Building, 7th October  2016)

“Fantastically well run and organised”

A fantastically well run and organised programme, allowing all the pupils to come together and work as a team in a fun way!  (Workshop: Team Building, 6th October  2016)

“Thank you for a lovely day”

We have thoroughly enjoyed today.  You worked very hard to engage our children and all the activities were interesting and appropriately paced.  Thank you so much for a lovely day.  (Workshop: Parkanaur Gruffalo, 4th October  2016)

“Really well organised!!”

“A really well organised day – Stephen, Jill and Melissa were super.  Many thanks  (Workshop: Team Building, 30 September  2016)

“It was brilliant!

It was brilliant.  Super instructors.  Sensible powerpoint, well managed and a delight to go to.  (Workshop: Team Building, 30 September  2016)

“Very enjoyable day!”

A very enjoyable day with very interactive activities which the children thoroughly enjoyed.  Thank – you for helping the staff also!!  (Workshop: Knowing Me,Knowing You, 28 September  2016)

“Keep up the good work!”

The adults providing the activities are the greatest asset to this programme.  the children were engaged throughout due to the strong leadership given by Stephen. Keep up the good work!  (Workshop: Knowing Me,Knowing You, 28 September  2016)

“The children really got involved!”

Really enjoyed the walk and the hands-on experience of finding minibeasts.  The children really got involved in the art activity and the presentation was very informative. The children got a lot from their day.  Thank you both. (Workshop: Minibeasts, 27 September  2016)

“Excellent programme!”

Excellent programme, enjoyed by all! (Workshop: Team Building, 26 September  2016)

“Brilliant day!”

Brilliant day!  The children really enjoyed all of the activities. (Workshop: Team Building, 26 September  2016)

“An excellent day!”

An excellent day! Well organised and the children thoroughly enjoyed it.  Thank you very much from all at St. Mary’s (Workshop: Team Building, 22 September  2016)

“Great day!”

Great day!  All enjoyed and hadn’t the choice of whether to take part or not!  Less adventurous children did also enjoy!  Thanks  (Workshop: Teambuilding, 22 September 2016)

“Great range of activities!”

How the teams were split at the very beginning.  The variety of activities and how they were suited to all children.   (Workshop: Team Building , 8 June 2016)

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