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We aim to provide an environment where people with special needs and their carers, siblings or the whole family can play together without the pressures often experienced in wider community settings. Sessions will be designed to meet the needs of particular disability groups and age ranges. Provision will cover day-time, after-school, weekends and holiday periods.

A range of play settings is proposed with appropriate equipment, toys and opportunities to try new experiences. The building will be designed to meet a wide range of access and handling requirements and emphasis will be placed on the sensory needs of users.

We will also welcome adults with disabilities who may benefit and also visits from community groups and respite providers.


We hope to include the following facilities:

  • Sensory room
  • Soft play area
  • Arts and crafts
  • Quiet room
  • IT interaction
  • Music therapy

As well as toilets with changing facilities, a cafe and a shop.


Depending on space available, we plan the following:

  • Specialist large-scale play equipment
  • Open space for play
  • Garden areas designed for sensory exploration
  • An interactive water feature
  • Inclusive sports and recreation

All these facilities will contribute to a range of experiences which can be stimulating or restful as required. They will create an environment in which those with special needs and their families can be themselves and grow together.


New Swings and Smiles film with Clare Balding