Arthur J. Gallagher team members in Bournemouth make volunteering count at Bethany Junior

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PUPILS from Bournemouth’s Bethany Junior School have buddied-up with team members from Arthur J. Gallagher to boost their maths skills.

The new relationship, one of the first of its kind in Dorset, is part of the National Number Partners programme which has been operating in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets since 2004, and supports seven to 14 year olds with motivation, confidence and attainment in numeracy.

Sixteen Year 3 and 4 Bethany pupils have been paired with 8 volunteers from Arthur J. Gallagher and will spend half an hour a week playing fun number games together.  Volunteers from Arthur J. Gallagher’s headquarters in London already support young people in Tower Hamlets schools via the Lloyd’s Community Programme.

Recently named as one of the world’s most ethical companies for the fifth year running, Arthur J. Gallagher, a global leader in insurance brokerage and risk management, is an organisation with social responsibility at its heart.

Hugo Rowland-Hill, Marketing Executive and community champion at the company said: “Number Partners struck a chord with our teams.  We can see the impact it is having in other parts of the country and were keen to bring it to our local community here in Bournemouth. Through our matched giving scheme at Gallagher, we are able to donate money to the charities we are supporting in addition to volunteering hours. We hope the relationship with the school is long lasting and that volunteers and children continue to look forward to weekly visits.”

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Steve Cottrell, acting Headteacher of Bethany CE Junior School, said “As a school we are always looking for ways to link with local businesses, and as maths is a key focus of our development plan, this seemed like a great opportunity. The children have found the experience of Number Partners exciting and engaging. The focused activities and games promote key numeracy skills that are vital to helping our children progress. We look forward to continuing with the Number Partners programme into the future and would like to thank the team at Gallagher for their enthusiasm for this project.”

On 11th July, pupils are invited to celebrate the partnership with a visit to the company offices in the Abbey Life Building.  They will tour the building, attend a maths-themed board meeting and have lunch in the café to experience what it’s like to be an adult in the workplace and how maths can be applied to many careers.