Level Trust exist to help children living in poverty in Luton get the most out of their education. They aim to 'level the playing field' for children and young people so that regardless of background every child can have access to the same resources and opportunities as their peers.
Level Trust believe that if a child can get the most out of their education they will have the best chance of lifting themselves and their family out of poverty for the future.
Poverty can present a real barrier to education.
Children can lack basic items such as a comfortable school uniform, learning resources such as crayons and paints in the home and can come to school hungry. Further more, children living in poverty can often lack opportunities outside of school time which their peers can engage in. Musical instrument lessons, dance lessons, trips to the seaside, the swimming pool or the cinema can be out of the question. These experiences out of school are great learning opportunities for children and without them a child can be at a real disadvantage.
Level trust want to ensure that poverty no longer acts as a barrier to education and children and young people have all they need to do the very best they can.
In light of this partnership with schools is clearly vital for Level Trust. When it comes to supporting children and families who are living in poverty, schools are on the front line.
They work with schools to meet our aim in three main ways. Firstly we develop specific schemes which provide free resources to children and young people, secondly we support family work professionals and thirdly we are developing our funding stream which will provide match funding to schools.
Level Trust Schemes
Level Trust are committed to using disciplined yet innovative ways to harness the wealth and resources in Luton. One way in which we seek to do this is by developing specific schemes that meet widespread needs in the town.
Feel Good Shoes Campaign
The 'Feel Good Shoes' campaign works with shoe retailers in Luton to provide free school shoe vouchers for families who are struggling to provide their children with well-fitting school shoes.
Other schemes being developed this year include homework learning packs, winter coat vouchers and an English and Performing Arts Summer School for children who speak English as an additional language.
All schemes are administered through schools in order that the school can use their relationships with families to identify which children will most benefit. In order to benefit from our schemes a school must become a partner school with Level Trust.