Fun for all at Challengers’ New Play Scheme for Disabled Children
At the beginning of the autumn school term, Walton Charity is delighted to look back on the long summer school holidays knowing that so many local disabled children were able to have fun by attending the Challengers’ Esher Play Scheme for disabled children. Challengers successfully applied to Walton Charity for a Community Grant to help with the running costs of their new play scheme, run from Esher Church School, which opened in December 2017 and runs throughout the year, including the school summer holidays. The grant runs for a three year period, totalling £13,700.
Challengers, a registered charity, provide inclusive play and leisure services for disabled children and young people. Their highly trained play workers cater for even the most complex of needs and can provide specialist 1:1 or 2:1 care for those who require it. Caring for a disabled child is often stressful, demanding and isolating, so quality short breaks for families are vital. The Esher summer play scheme benefitted these parents and carers hugely, allowing them essential respite during the long summer break, safe in the knowledge that the children were being cared for by Challengers’ dedicated play workers.
“They are amazing. They know how to have fun with the kids and give them support without freaking out about complex needs” Challengers Parent
Often disabled children are excluded from mainstream play and Challengers state that 65% of the children who attend activities with them have been excluded from other settings due to a range of factors. Challengers’ Esher Play Scheme is able to offer a huge range of fun activities throughout the year and children are able to make friends and have fun playing games and taking part in daily themed activities such as ‘Super Hero Day’ where the children had fun dressing up and playing super hero games.
If you would like to know more please about Challengers, visit https://www.disability-challengers.org.uk