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Outdoor Community Space

by emmaj in Cheriton Bishop, England, United Kingdom

Outdoor Community Space


raised of £5,000 target
0% 24 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by June 19th 2019 at 1:51pm

We want to provide new play structures in our existing play area to inspire and facilitate imaginative play for all abilities.

by emmaj in Cheriton Bishop, England, United Kingdom

Being inspired to be outside and energetic is essential for healthy children, it creates a healthy body and a healthy mind and supports the Ten a Day for mental health .  Cheriton Bishop does not have much in the way of play ground facilities for local children.  Consequently, community groups use the primary school's facilities. Sadly, these are not great; the climbing wall was removed last year when it became unstable and the remaining play structures cater for the more able bodied child.  We want to provide fully inclusive play equipment for all abilities that will ensure no child will be excluded on grounds of mobility; it will challenge children of all abilities and provide confidence to children with additional needs.  The new equipment consists of a large jungle hut with bench seating inside, a clatter bridge and a fort with a draw bridge that acts as a disabled access ramp to enter the fort. As well as being accessible to the less able bodied and the younger child, the new play structures will facilitate imaginative play which is very important in the development cognitive and social skills and problem solving.  Cheriton Bishop Primary School's Parent, Teacher & Friends Association is fundraising to improve the outdoor facilities at the school which not only benefit the school children, but the wider community too. As well as providing a new facility for local young-person community groups like the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to enjoy during out of school hours, the new play structures will enable our local pre school and baby & toddler group, as well as local child minders (who have expressed an interest in using the school play facilities), to have a safe space to enjoy and support the development of young children.  In turn, this helps parents and families with the transition period through the early years in utilising a familiar, safe and welcoming community play space. Providing exciting additional outside equipment for our pre-school and primary school ensures that the school has an attractive array of facilities and thus will add value to the school when being viewed by prospective parents.  Maintaining (and increasing) pupil numbers is critical for the sustainability and longevity of small rural schools and thus the community around them.

Let's make 'Outdoor Community Space' happen

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