On Thursday 31st October, my friend Paul and I will be hosting a pub quiz upstairs at The Talbot pub in aid of my sister's charity Social Arts for Education. As long-time pub quiz fans, Paul and I plan to put on something really special, with horror-themed rounds, spooky atmospherics and the option to dress up if you fancy it. We're encouraging people to form teams of 6. Space will be limited so it's best to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a table.
A little info on SAFE: Social Arts for Education is an alternative educational provision that supports the study of home-schooled children who cannot cope in school. The students range in age from 10 to 13, but they are able to teach children from the age of 8 up to 16.
My sister Annabel, a single mother of two kids, struggled to get a statement of special education needs for her son, who has been diagnosed with ASD from quite a young age. This meant he could not obtain a place at a special education school in the Bexley borough. However, being 'different' to other kids, he was bullied quite badly at his mainstream school. Annabel began home-schooling him, then also took on another young girl who was facing similar problems. Last year, having been contacted by many parents, she took on premises in Eltham, where her provision has blossomed into a centre where kids can learn confidence and social skills, and be tutored in a range of subjects.
SAFE is a much needed facility (particularly given council cuts of funds for statements), but it needs all the help it can financially. If the quiz goes well, I'd love to be able to find a regular venue for it.