The Direct Benefits which flow from our purposes are that: 1. By learning physically through active games young people will be more active and healthier and will learn how to play in teams, how to obey rules 2. By learning intellectually through talks, visits, songs, and craft young people will develop personal skills and understanding 3. By
learning social skills the young people will be friendly to others within and outside the drey and will understand that other people in the world may not look or sound the same as them. 4. By learning spiritually they will learn to be better citizens within a moral framework by supporting charities and learning about other faiths. All the above skills will help the children to become more responsible citizens and active members of their communities. The Direct Benefits can be evidenced through feedback from local communities, churches and parents, waiting lists for most dreys which show their popularity amongst parents and the growth in number of dreys; in 1992 there were 22 dreys there are now approximately 100 dreys. There are no harms flowing from the purposes and neither are there any private benefits to unintended beneficiaries which would be more than incidental; for example, the training which leaders receive in order to fulfil the purposes. Dreys may charge small fees to cover costs or activities and many will have a policy of abating the fee where there is hardship in the family of the Squirrel....
What your organisation does
The drey meets weekly from September to June to provide a balanced programme of games, craft, stories and outings for 4 and 5 year olds with emphasis on learning through fun. It is led by a volunteer team. Leaders are supported by the Northern Ireland Squirrel Association with training, practical help, advice and guidance and by the Drey manual and
online programmes. There is a Smile badge scheme and the Squirrels also take part in district and Northern Ireland events....
The charity’s classifications
- The advancement of education
- The advancement of citizenship or community development
Who the charity helps
- Children (5-13 year olds)
- Preschool (0-5 year olds)
How the charity works
- Youth development