PARENTS of disabled children involved with the Catherine Street Inclusive playpark in Dumfries have received a welcome boost to their own fundraising efforts with a £17,988 grant.
The success in the latest round of Wooden Spoon Scotland awards will be used to provide wheelchair accessible play equipment, part of the wider vision of the group known as Include Us to develop a local play park and garden for the benefit of the whole community, regardless of ability.
Wooden Spoon Scotland noted a report published in November 2018 by UCL Institute of Health Equity that revealed people with learning disabilities will live on average 20 years less than the average population – much of this has to do with social isolation.
Include Us has plans for an outdoor classroom for teenagers to gather and for local children’s nurseries and playgroups to use. There are also plans for a community garden with raised beds where children will learn how to plant and care for soft fruits, herbs and veg from volunteers who have experience and skills to share. Once complete there will be regular activities in the park to encourage disabled and non-disabled children to learn and grow together.
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