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.
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.
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.
We are extremely fortunate to have the support of Lady Saye of Broughton Castle 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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