Third Sector Awards 2017: Charity Partnership of the Year - Lawfield Community Project

Awarded to a partnership between two or more charities that has enabled the partners to more effectively deliver services to beneficiaries, reach new groups or reduce costs

What is the background?

Lawfield Primary School in Midlothian was experiencing high levels of pupil exclusions and violent incidents. In addition, the turnover rate among the senior management team was high. The Lawfield Community Project, set up to support the school, involved five key partners: Play Therapy Base, Home Link Family Support, Children 1st, Midlothian Sure Start and Midlothian Council.

What did the partnership do?

The project had three key elements: therapeutic support to the parents and children; reflective practice support for the staff; and the development of a "dads’-inclusive school". This included a Fathers’ Adventure Club and Dads’ Festival of Talent.

What has it achieved?

The number of children absconding from school has been dramatically reduced to almost none. There was a huge reduction from 94.5 days lost every year because of poor attendance to 13.5. The number of violent incidents per week fell from five to hardly any, and staff absence fell from 283 days a year to 78. Attendance at parents’ evenings went up from 50 per cent to 85 per cent, and 300 parents attended the Dads’ Festival of Talent.

What did the judges say?



The Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Company Shop

Hospice Quality Partnership

PHBs and the End of Life Pathway

Roses 2017

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