ALL ABOUT Play 4UZ 2

Play is an important part of any childs childhood, so when we learned that there was currently a group of young people that were denied the opportunity to go to their local park and have fun with their family and friends, not just in Hyndburn, but acro Lancashire, the North West and beyond the forum just had to get involved to see what we could do to help and we hope you will feel the same.

Hyndburn Parents and Carers group approached the Council Parks team for help, who in turn enlisted the assistance of the Forum. Below is just some of what we learnt during the consultation process for this project, which touched the heart of all concerned.

Zone 1

The water play area represents a unique feature where children can play with a variety of different methods of distributing the water through the downward channels and runs

Zone 2

The Active zone caters for all children with the inclusion of a multi-play which is more challenging, less prescriptive and meet the needs of children with more advance motor skills

Zone 3

A Sona installed at a holiday park which is specially designed for children with special needs and their families, has allowed parents to also relax. Sona entertains their children with siblings or others playing.

MEET THE TEAM

Maxine

My name is Maxine Johnston and I’m Vice Chair of Play 4UZ 2 and former Vice Chair of Hyndburn Parent Carer Forum. I have a little boy called Charlie who is 12 years old and has Mowat Wilson Syndrome and his sister Bella who is 7 years old. Watching your child frustrated because they can’t join in is heart breaking and siblings missing out because of the distress it causes is heart breaking. I can’t even put into words what it would mean to be able to push him on a swing or roundabout, watch him interact with peers of similar ability and be able to play together on a park as a family, a park that’s safe and accessible.

Phyllis

My name is Phyllis Little and I’m part of the Play 4UZ 2 group and been part of the former Hyndburn Parent Carer Group. I’m grandmother to Antony who has Aspergers. Also great grandmother to Charlie who is 12 years old and has Mowat Wilson Syndrome. Charlie would benefit profoundly from a fully inclusive park that would meet his needs and abilities. Antony who is now 23 would have benefited in his younger years, but now he can help out with the park because he volunteers for special needs children.

Our children in the North West and the surrounding areas needs play like other children do and this is what we plan to do to accommodate all their special needs and abilities.

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“The park will allow our son to play safely, independently and most importantly we would be able to have fun as a family which we can’t currently do in mainstream parks. He has no sense of danger, low muscle tone and other medical problems that restrict his play and he continually gets frustrated because he can’t use the majority of the play equipment. I have to follow him around everywhere to make sure he doesn’t hurt himself. Having a safe environment where he can use all the equipment would be incredible, not only for Oliver but for all families with children with a disability in Accrington, Lancashire and the North West”

Parent Carer

Parent Carer and Chair of Hyndburn Parent and Carers Forum

THE PLAN

Children with impairments in the borough are suffering ridicule and this NEEDS to be addressed, as they are currently not visiting other parks.

Hyndburn Borough Council is looking to develop land adjacent to Hyndburn Leisure Centre so that it can become a dedicated Specialist Inclusive Play Area that caters for a broader range of children of all abilities.

The design for Hyndburn Inclusive Play Area is made up of 3 distinct areas. There’s a variety of experience created through theming, colour, different surfacing textures and planting.

SENSORY DIET IN PLAY:

This is where creating a play space that engages all of the senses ensures that all children and young people can engage in play that is right for them and embraces what they are able or comfortable to do. This is a model Inclusive Play use when guiding the creation of play areas using the PiPA (Plan Inclusive Play Areas) principle.

The Inclusive Play range features play activities that engage these senses (apart from taste, this can be difficult in a play area!) and allows children to develop at their level.

ZONE 1

EXPANDING ON OUR DESIGN: Water Play

The water play area represents a unique feature where children can play with a variety of different methods of distributing the water through the downward channels and runs.

EXPANDING ON OUR DESIGN: Sand Play

The Sand play area is made accessible all the way around by a low level board walk. To define sand play zone and help retain sand. They can play amongst the action on a deck pontoon with raised sand play opportunities and wheelchair accessible sand digger.

ZONE 2

EXPANDING ON OUR DESIGN

The Active zone caters for all children with the inclusion of a multi-play which is more challenging, less prescriptive and meet the needs of children with more advance motor skills.

The focus of this area is ‘Active Play’ swinging, jumping, spinning, climbing, traversing and descending in unique ways enabling children to participate in high energy invigorating play!

INCLUSIVE MULTI-PLAY

  • 4 wide tower platforms (from 0.65 -1.4m high)
  • Extra wide slide
  • Steady steps rope bridge
  • Bumpy back bridge
  • Wiggle bar games
  • Coloured leaf walkway
  • Sensation flooring ramps
  • Bongos
  • Co-ordination and dexterity games

ZONE 3

EXPANDING ON OUR DESIGN: SOCIAL PLAY

SONA: Everyone can join in!
It is not a ‘special’ play object only built for special needs, it’s designed for ALL AGES and ABILITIES Speed of the games can be adjusted for wheelchair users

Real experience
A Sona installed at a holiday park which is specially designed for children with special needs and their families, has allowed parents to also relax. Sona entertains their children with siblings or others playing. Offering a precious few moments of downtime to the parents.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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