Back in November 2019, we were approached by a long term supporter and retired primary head teacher, Colin Skinner with the idea of a Tŷ Hafan Enterprise Week. The idea being that we approach primary schools across Wales to engage with them in light of our refurbishment appeal and 21st birthday.
Pupils will take part in an Enterprise Week for Tŷ Hafan.
In a special Monday morning assembly, held by the head teacher at the school, the children will be tasked with the challenge of creating a product or service that they can sell at their Friday afternoon market.
Each class or group will get a £10 loan from the school, which will be their maximum limit, and they will be tasked with using that money for expenses like buying supplies and turning it into a commodity that can be sold for profit.
Importantly, the pupils will be responsible for their own success. They will have to plan, make and prepare their product, advertise and sell their items.
For example; a group of children may decide to make bookmarks, so their money will be spent on supplies. They will then make the bookmarks, which they will then sell at the market. They will also create the advertising of their product, work out their finances, promote the market and then sell their product on the Friday afternoon at the end of the Enterprise week.
At the end of the market, the school will receive their £10 loan back, profits will be added up by the children ready to be donated to Tŷ Hafan and the children will be given a certificate to celebrate their success.
Once the Enterprise Week has come to an end, schools will be able to send donations to Tŷ Hafan and we’ll send a special thank you and certificate for the school to display.
Tŷ Hafan is a leading Welsh children's charity which provides comfort, care and support to children with life-limiting conditions, along with their families. Through our vibrant hospice and diverse community programmes, we offer families short-break care and help them make the most of the time they have together; creating precious memories and ensuring a short life is a full life.
And when a child is close to the end of their life, Tŷ Hafan becomes a family's safe haven, by their side during their most difficult time and for as long as they need us.
We've provided this service, free of charge, for the last 21 years. Now with advancements in medicine and technology, we're looking to make our hospice future proof. Our refurbishment will help us be there for the next 20 years.
It’s as simple as getting your pupils to take part. How involved the school is with the enterprise week is entirely up to you and the staff. If you want to have one year group take on the challenge or the whole school, it’s completely your choice. We’ll provide the resources to help your teachers make it a success, but anything the children raise is appreciated.
I understand that it may not be possible for you to take part this year, but you’re welcome to try it whenever it suits the school.
Resources are available on our website, but if you need to discuss any further details or want more support then please do get in touch on 029 2053 2255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your school has social media, then tag us too so we can see and celebrate the amazing things the children are doing throughout the week. We’ll like and share where we can too!
You can find us on:
Facebook: Tŷ Hafan
Don’t forget to use the hashtags #EnterpriseWeek #wythnosfenter
The school schedule is pretty busy in March, can we do it another time?
Of course you can, this is entirely up to you. We've looked at March because most school timetables suit this, but there's no time limit on this project. You can do it each year if you like!
Where does the £10 loan come from?
The idea is that this loan comes from the school petty cash, with the idea that it's paid back in on the Friday afternoon at the end of the market. It'll be a great way to teach the children about borrowing and responsibility.
What if the children don’t make enough money to cover their loan?
We all want the children to succeed, but it may not be possible for whatever reason. So to mitigate the risk, you’re most welcome to combine all of the money the groups have made to reclaim the total amount you have invested in the project. You could also hold a second market in the following week to sell any surplus stock; maybe even invite a local business in to support the children’s endeavours.
We've done it, where do we send the money?
You can either send a cheque payable to Tŷ Hafan to Hayes Road, Sully CF64 5XX, you can pay it in via our website www.tyhafan.org/paying-in-money-raised or you can get in touch to make a direct to bank payment. Just call us on 029 2053 2255.
Can parents top up the amount given to the students?
Unfortunately not! Part of running a successful business is budgeting. The children need to make sure they're not spending all of their profits. Plus it makes it fair if they're all spending the same amount - it's the best way to evaluate their success!
We'd like to take part, but can someone from Tŷ Hafan come and talk to the assembly?
We would love to go to every school, but we can't guarantee that at all. We have a lovely group of volunteers, but they're not always available. Please do get in touch if you'd really like someone there and we'll do what we can, but we can't guarantee anything. What we can do though is send you information you can use in your assembly.
What happens with the certificate?
With the template for the certificate you’ve got the means to personalise it to the class or groups who have taken part. It’s up to the individual school on whether the certificate is printed before you write their names on it or type them on to the certificate first.
We’ll send a certificate for the whole school at the end with our thank you letter.
What happens next?
When you’ve sent your donation in, we’ll send a thank you to the school from Tŷ Hafan. This will thank the pupils and staff for supporting the hospice and helping children in Wales who need us (because that support is amazing). You can also look to arrange a tour of the hospice. We’d love to establish this as an annual project with schools, please let us know what you think by emailing: email@example.com.