A team from Cisco Systems Limited recently volunteered to carry out a decorating project at Heathermount, a non-maintained special school, owned by national charity, The Disabilities Trust. Heathermount specialises in providing a broad and balanced education for children and young people aged 4-19 years with autistic spectrum conditions.

Cisco has sent volunteers to a number of The Disabilities Trust centres before and they have previously cleared the ground around an overgrown pond area that was turned into an outdoor classroom area and a number of groups came in to paint the perimeter fence at Heathermount.

Cisco volunteers help out at Heathermount school

A team of 10 worked hard painting the Wing area from blue to magnolia, it will now become an open office for SaLTs and OT therapists to work in and an art therapy room for 1:1 with students. It is perfectly suited to the students’ needs now that it provides clean bright rooms for them to work in.

Louise Etheridge, School Business Manager, from Heathermount expressed the school’s gratitude to Cisco: “We are so grateful to the team. They have transformed the rooms and saved us a huge amount of time. We love having volunteers here and welcome their interest and help.”

Carlene Coward, UK & Ireland Community Manager who arranged the challenge spoke on behalf of the team: “It’s been a while since our teams have volunteered with Heathermount School, but it was good to go back. We jumped at the chance to be part of the day as we understand the value that the school does for the community – and this is our way of giving a little something back to the students. It will be a lovely surprise for them when they return in the new term.”

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