Age UK Solihull have developed a Flourishing Fivers Scheme with schools in Solihull to get involved to help fundraise for local older people as well as developing pupil's entrepreneurial skills.

See frequently asked questions about this scheme below.

What is ‘Flourishing Fivers’?
‘Flourishing Fivers’ is a campaign run by Age UK Solihull aimed at Year 5 and above, which helps children with:
Tapping into their entrepreneurial skills at an early age
Encouraging creativity
Helping social skills, build confidence and facilitate team working
Encouraging healthy competitiveness
Empathy towards charity work
Encouraging respect and understanding for older people
We will give each child in a given class/year group £5. Under the supervision of the teacher(s), the child can either then group together with others in twos, fours or whatever group size the school suggests and think of an idea which takes the £5 and helps it ‘flourish’ into more.  
The ‘profit’ made, along with the original £5 stake is then given back to the charity.

What is ‘Flourishing Fivers’?

‘Flourishing Fivers’ is a campaign run by Age UK Solihull aimed at Year 5 and above, which helps children with:

  • Tapping into their entrepreneurial skills at an early age
  • Encouraging creativity
  • Helping social skills, build confidence and facilitate team working
  • Encouraging healthy competitiveness
  • Empathy towards charity work
  • Encouraging respect and understanding for older people

We will give each child in a given class/year group £5. Under the supervision of the teacher(s), the child can either then group together with others in twos, fours or whatever group size the school suggests and think of an idea which takes the £5 and helps it ‘flourish’ into more. 

The ‘profit’ made, along with the original £5 stake is then given back to the charity.

When can we run this?

Any time of the year to fit in with the school curriculum. You can either concentrate activity into a single afternoon/day or run it over several weeks.

 What support can we expect?

  • We will visit your school and launch the campaign to your students
  • We will provide the £5s
  • We can come along on the day to see how your event is progressing
  • We will publicise your involvement as far as possible
  • We will present the winning team/student/class or the school generally with a certificate and trophy at the end
Schools involved so far have taken part with cake baking, keepy-uppy football competitions, nail painting, games, selling sweets and jewellery and car washing.  

As long as there are no health and safety issues and children are supervised, the limit is the children’s imagination!!  We obviously wouldn’t encourage children to go door-to-door after school and ideally, any activities should be limited to school premises.

Schools

Balsall Common Primary School was the first school to take part. Their Business and Fundraising Manager says, “We were proud to have been chosen as the first school to run this project. It was great to see the children get behind such a worthy cause and show what entrepreneurial skills they have. With the skills they have shown I am sure some of the pupils will have a great future in business.

Castle Bromwich Primary School joined in in April 2016.  Their winning team of 2 raised their money by having their peers make a donation for having their photo taken with Disney characters

If you would like to get involved, email events@ageuksolihull.org.uk or phone The Fundraising Team on 0121 704 7842.

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