Wednesday, 18 February 2015
A representative delegation of University of Worcester staff and students met the Trustees of the Worcester Snoezelen last night to explain to the Trustees the extent of the University’s help and support for the charity over many years.
The Snoezelen, a middle-sized charity turning over more than £250,000 a year, works in the field of inclusive leisure activity and is based on the edge of the University’s St. John’s Campus.
Support from the University has included more than five years’ rent free accommodation, voluntary work by dozens of staff and students every year, expert assistance in areas such as inclusive sport and much help in fund-raising and publicity. The Snoezelen was the University’s Charity of the Year in 2010-11 and is currently the Worcester Students’ Union Charity of the Year, and many thousands of pounds has been donated by staff and students.
At the meeting, the University, which played a big role in the successful campaign to secure a £49,000 People’s Millions grant towards new equipment inside the Worcester Snoezelen Centre, offered to help secure the final award of this grant.
Following the meeting a University spokeswoman who participated said: “We were glad to meet the representatives of the Worcester Snoezelen and correct the misleading things that have been said about the University in the last 10 days. This has been the result of a badly misinformed letter to members written by the Trustees’ chairman, who had not been participating in the discussions with the University about future work.
“The Snoezelen Trustees will now be looking again at offering student placements – which they have previously refused – now that we have explained their nature in detail.
“The University is a charity in its own right. Without a proper educational partnership, or some form of financial agreement, the University cannot satisfy its legal duties and accountability.
“We are glad that the Worcester Snoezelen Trustees have issued the following positive statement and we look forward to working with them in future.”
The Worcester Snoezelen Trustees have said: “We are glad to have entered into negotiations with the University of Worcester which we hope will continue to a fruitful conclusion. We have enjoyed a good relationship with the staff and students of the University over the years and we are keen for this to continue.”