Confidence boosted!

AN AFTER-school group which aims to boost the self-esteem of its members has received a confidence boost of its own, after being awarded the final £250 grant from the James Edwards Community Chest scheme.

The Pyramid Club at Park Primary School offers youngsters in years three and six the chance to develop their self-confidence and social skills to help them integrate into the school community.

There were fears it would not be able to continue because of a lack of funding, but now, it has not only managed to obtain funding for the current group of year threes, but will now be able to offer the club to children in year six later in the school year, even if it is unsuccessful in obtaining funding, thanks to this grant.

If funding is granted later in the year, the group hopes to expand to provide the club for other year groups. Gunilla Karlsson, who runs the club along with colleague Nicole Vandenbosch, told The Standard: “I’m really pleased. A lot of the time, children seem to become more a part of the school. It’s worked really well. We’ve had parents come back to us and say it’s made a really big difference.”

Pyramid Club runs for 10 weeks at a time.

The club has been running for about three years, and Gunilla and Nicole, who work in pastoral care at the school, are hoping to expand it to other year groups, so that children with low-confidence can receive help regardless of what stage they are at in their education.

Currently, the group for year six pupils helps to prepare them for the transition up to secondary school.

Laura Patterson, sales manager at

James Edwards, said she selected the club for the final grant in the Community Chest scheme because it was seen to be a good way to support children in the community.

She added: “James Edwards believe its important to help and support the children of our community and we feel that what this group offers and provides is a good foundation for their future.”