Lightyear Foundation

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Registered address
61 Queen Square,
Bristol,Somerset
BS1 4JZ

Phone
07817947733

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Charity number
XT29455

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Lightyear Foundation is a UK charity dedicated to breaking down the barriers to disabled children taking part in STEMM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine)Lightyear Foundation combines SEN and STEMM with four project streams.  

1. Sensory Science workshops 

We use creative sensory equipment and tailored communication aids, a dynamic pairing of a scientist and a drama professional or our unique blend of active learning to deliver engaging science workshops to disabled children. We have all kinds of children taking part in our sessions,including those with Down’s Syndrome, autism, profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) as well as those with other conditions such as cancer.

2. SEN in STEMM 

Lightyear leads a network of leading science organisations (including The Royal Society, UK Association for Science & Discovery Centres, London Zoological Society, Sense About Science and Employment Autism) that aims to break down barriers in STEMM SEN inclusion by sharing best practice, raising awareness, training and informing. Together, the network works to empower the SEN in STEMM community.

3. Role Models 

It’s important for children to see people similar to themselves succeeding, so we have begun a Role Model programme, highlighting amazing disabled scientists. It’s vital for disabled children to see that their disability is not a barrier to success. When young people are inspired and engaged by our Sensory Science workshops, we can offer support and encourage these budding disabled scientists to look at the STEMM industry as a viable and welcoming career option.

4. Work Inspiration Days (with accessibility audits) 

As well as sparking excitement in STEMM, we want to encourage young scientists to look at the STEMM industry as a future career prospect. Therefore, we run a Work Inspiration Day programme. From visits to the Science Museum in London, to Aerospace in Bristol we love inspiring young scientists by showing them STEMM in action. Here they get to meet people working in STEMM, in a variety of different job roles, ask questions and see first-hand what they do. In return, they complete an accessibility audit, helping make places and spaces more accessible for disabled visitors.

We believe everybody should have the opportunity to unlock their potential, solve problems and engage with science. 

To find out more about the work we do please visit https://lightyearfoundation.org  

Our Trustees are currently taking part in our 50 Moonlit Miles event - completing the miles between them, to celebrate the anniversary of the Moon Landings. Look out for their Moonlit action shots! 

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