For those that have been following our progress you will be aware that we are so close to the finish line.
Thanks to the generosity of local businesses either through cash donations or gifts in kind we have now been able to purchase the play frame and sensory room. To allow us to open to the public we have some snagging issues and the following costly items to purchase. On top of those last items to cover we have our monthly rent/service costs at around £3,000 per month to cover until which times we are bringing in an income. This unfortunately has been our biggest hurdle as many investors are not so keen to cover core costs. However to secure the correct building we needed to commit to rental of the property much earlier than we had planned and this has cost us over the last year. Ideally we would like to raise a further £20,000 to give us a bit of reserves until fully operational and our income fully meeting our costs but we could realistically open with £12,000. With only a few weeks to the summer holidays we would love to be open in time to provide a much needed inclusive playcentre for children with additional support needs.
- Flooring: The current flooring in the premises is cement and we want to ensure the safety of our visitors outwith the playframe so are looking at soft flooring - this is at a cost of approx £4,000.
- Security: We wish to secure our play areas so children can not get out of the building unattended. Whilst children will need to be supervised at all times by parents we do want to ensure that our doors are secure and provide access control and cctv to the building. Again this is at a cost of approx £4,000.
I am a member of the board of this fantastic charity and it has been a long time coming. We are now so close to realising our vision and would be grateful for any donations. We have over 1600 followers on our facebook page and if everyone of them donated just £10 we would be there. Please consider donating to this project. Rebecca (Becky) Mennie came to me with her vision for an inclusive playcentre almost two years ago now and has worked tirelessly since then to bring it to this point. If anyone deserves success it is Becky. There has been some real challenging times over the last two years and finding the funding has been extremely hard but Becky's tenacity and determination has saw this project to near conclusion. We are asked all the time "when are you opening?" and have lots of support locally. We have schools and support groups looking to utilise the centre on a regular basis and desperate for us to open.
BECS, a Scottish Registered Charity SC048048 will provide specialist play, leisure and sensory activities for children with autism and additional support needs and their families. It will deliver quality play facilities to empower families through therapeutic sensory activities and opportunities to integrate socially. The objective is to improve the conditions of life for people with additional support needs to enable them to reach their maximum potential. The charity’s vision is for the whole family to benefit from its services.
The play centre will provide inclusive play areas for children in or around the Inverurie area. There will be play sessions available throughout the day 7 days per week with the option for parents and groups to hire specific blocks for functions and parties. Children attending the centre will be supervised by their parents and suitably qualified staff. A snack bar, in partnership with Fly Cup Inverurie will provide teas, coffees and snacks during their visit.
Both play areas will have strict maximum numbers to allow a safe and enjoyable time by all visitors.
Karen Moore (Board Member)