Wonderful Things is a project based at St Mary’s CE Primary School in Rawtenstall. In July 2013 the school was delighted to be awarded a grant of almost £10,000 by the Big Lottery, in order to run a pilot project. The funding was used to provide an unusual selection of experiences for children aged 4 to 11 years throughout Rossendale at a very heavily subsidised price (and free in some cases).
The launch of Wonderful Things was in August 2013 with A Week of Wonderful Things – a week of summer activities with a different theme every day, ending with a celebration dinner to share the children’s week with families, friends and community. Take a look at our gallery page to see some of the great times had by Rossendale children and watch our video of the week’s activities.
Wonderful Things has provided many activity days since then and has helped in aspects of Rossendale life such as the Rossendale 60s Festival. Its volunteer programme has involved high school children, including Duke of Edinburgh Award pupils, in the project - they provide support for the younger participants in Wonderful Things and have run their own activities too!
Wonderful Things is now run as a social enterprise and fundraises to keep the costs down as well as fund other community projects they are involved in. They would welcome contact from anyone able to help in this goal. Please get in touch via the e-mail link at the top right of this page.