Creating a new weatherproof outdoor learning space

by [email protected] in Christchurch, England, United Kingdom


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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 23rd December 2021 at 1:32pm

We wish to create a weatherproof outdoor learning and play space for young students at our autism specialist school.

by [email protected] in Christchurch, England, United Kingdom

Autism Unlimited provides education, care and support services to empower those living with autism. 

Education is a key part of every child's life and for autistic children, school life can be particularly challenging. 

Portfield School in Christchurch, Dorset, is a unique school supporting autistic students from the ages of 4-19. Each and every student has an education programme that is as individual as they are. 

Providing the right environment for learning is also crucial and taking learning outdoors is very important for autistic children who, along with other groups, can struggle with classroom-based learning. 

What we want to do

  • provide a covered learning and recreation area for students
  • install a permanent cover together with a composite decking area outside both classrooms in our school building known as The Bridge
  • make the area accessible from the classroom doors 
  • ensure the area can be accessed throughout the year and in most weathers


Autistic children often have heightened sensory issues and shade structures help with light sensitivity as well as protection from the weather. 

Having a view of, and access to, more natural settings makes learning meaningful and enjoyable and children happy and engaged. Being outdoors benefits children’s cognitive functioning and is of tremendous benefit to autistic children in terms of their behaviour.

At Autism Unlimited we always strive to provide our students with the very best education, care and therapies, supporting them in life's journey to achieve their full potential.

Your support is very much appreciated and will enable the outdoor space to be used, not just for students at The Bridge this year, but for many years to come. 

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