The Let’s Play Project specialises in the provision of play and leisure opportunities for young people with additional needs age 5 – 25 years old. We believe in equality of opportunity for all. We strive to create a positive and happy inclusive environment where everyone is valued and achievements are celebrated. We are an open access provision and operate on a self referral basis.

We are commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council to provide after school and holiday provision for disabled young people in the Banbury area. As one of the leading partners in the delivery of this service we work in partnership with other countywide providers and are fully involved in training and development opportunities.

The project provides trained Playworkers who accompany young people at activities after school and during the school holidays. We currently run after school sessions five days a week. We also run day trips and activity days for young people during the holidays.

Our play workers are recruited for their experience with and commitment to working with disabled young people. Some of our play workers work at the local special school, others are at university and return each summer to play their part; others work locally in related employment. Our team is also strengthened with buddies and volunteers from local schools.

Let’s Play is committed to Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment, promoting the welfare of children and young people.  To achieve our commitment, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust Safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of Safeguarding amongst our staff and volunteers.

 

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All Playworkers who work with Let’s Play are trained in safeguarding, health and safety, working with families, inclusive play, equal opportunities, communication, therapeutic play, toileting and hoist training,  feeding, medication, seizure management and behaviour management. Specialist training is offered to play workers with particular interests in specific impairments.

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A parent who has been involved with the project for several years explains what it means for her daughter:

“Our daughter loves the day trips and activites which Let’s Play provides. She has great fun meeting her friends and the play workers who know her so well. She particularly likes the sports and games and art sessions and gets really excited about trips to swimming pools and activity centres like Thomley Hall. Our daughter uses signs to communicate and we are completely confident that play workers understand what she is saying. We value the feedback we receive at the end of each session and would recommend the project to any family with a child with complex needs.”

Another parent describes their family’s experience:

“Let’s Play today?” This is the first thing my son says as he wakes on a school holiday morning. Being a real socialite, Let’s Play is so important to him. At Let’s Play he can meet up with his friends and enjoy a range of activities. With the support of the play workers he is able to participate in a wide range of activities. A few favourites are swimming in Aylesbury, day trips to Lego land or sports days at The Hub. To him though it’s the people that make the day! He greets all his friends and play workers with great enthusiasm and I can leave him knowing that he is not only happy but well cared for too. Nothing is too much trouble for the Play workers and they are well trained to deal with his medical needs. Let’s Play is so valuable to our family in meeting his needs but also giving us a break too.


Trustees
Our trustees provide strong management for all staff and volunteers. As 'volunteers' themselves, they are selected for their commitment to the rights of those with additional needs and their experience of charity work and or direct experience of disability. 

Oxfordshire County Council
We are commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council to provide after school and holiday provision for disabled young people in the Banbury area. As one of the leading partners in the delivery of this service we work in partnership with other countywide providers and are fully involved in training and development opportunities.
Our financial supporters
We are currently funded by:
Oxfordshire County Council, Banbury Town Council, Cherwell District Council, Various anonymous donors

Ark-T Centre ROAR Partnership
Working in partnership with Ark-T and the ROAR Inclusive Arts Festival in the movement to secure more inclusion for people with additional needs in the arts and in society as a whole.

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We are extremely fortunate to have the support of Lady Saye of Broughton Castle, Lady Boswell and Wesley Smith (BBC Radio Oxford) as our patrons. Each takes a keen interest in, and has practical involvement in our work.

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