Special needs pupils will learn in great Sheffield outdoors

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VOLUNTEERS from the University of Sheffield rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in when they helped to create a new outdoor classroom at a school for pupils with special needs.

Staff and student union officers from the University of Sheffield took time out to offer their help at Bents Green secondary school.

The volunteers helped create an outdoor classroom which will be used to stimulate the pupils’ senses and boost their academic development.

The community school provides education for pupils between 11 and 19 who have special educational needs including severe learning and communication difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders.

Abdi Suleiman, president of the Students’ Union, said: “It was remarkable that with one day’s hard work we were able to lay the foundations for a building that will be of benefit to the youngsters for a long time.

“It highlights the extraordinary power of volunteering and volunteers to improve, with even just a day’s work, the lives of their communities.

“The outdoor classroom looks like an incredible learning space and I really wish there had been one at my school.

“I think it will really benefit the youngsters’ education and it is very rewarding to know that we helped to make it possible.”

The event was organised as part of SheffieldVolunteering’s Volidays initiative.

Volidays teams from across the university get the chance to work together while making a difference by helping at projects and schemes across the city.

Stella McHugh of SheffieldVolunteering, said: “It’s a great way for staff to celebrate the end of the academic year and enjoy giving something back to the community.