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CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED FOR WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY PLAY PARK FOR DISABLED YOUNGSTERS IN WYRE FOREST

The Kidderminster mum of a teenage wheelchair-user has launched a campaign to get fully accessible play equipment installed at one of the district’s public parks.

Amanda Danby, from Habberley, has already met with a Wyre Forest District Council parks officer to put forward her idea for wheelchair-accessible swings, roundabout and trampoline to enhance play opportunities for disabled youngsters.

Mason, from Kidderminster.

“For children and young people in wheelchairs, the opportunities to join in with their friends is really limited,” explained Amanda, whose son Mason, 16, has severe disabilities and is a wheelchair user. “It would be lovely if the council could consider funding or supporting grant applications for equipment they could use.”

Equipment specially designed for wheelchair users is available from specialist play companies around the country, with a huge range of cost options.

In Hereford, accessible play equipment is available at King George V playing fields. Amanda and her family visited to see for themselves and said it was impressive and something that was desperately needed in Wyre Forest.

Meanwhile in Exeter, a flagship facility called The Playpark boasts it is “the sixth most accessible and inclusive playground in the world”. It features a wheelchair friendly seesaw, wheelchair swings, a roundabout and trampoline for young people in wheelchairs.

Wheelchair friendly trampoline at The Playpark, Exeter. Photo by Jill Pendleton from website www.theplaypark.co.uk

 

A spokesman for Wyre Forest District Council confirmed there had been initial discussions with the family about the idea of putting up inclusive equipment at a park somewhere in the district. “We will continue to discuss and explore all options,” he added.

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Haynes
Former newspaper journalist and news editor, turned public sector PR, now studying for a Master's in multiplatform journalism. Wyrelife is a new, local investigative news website for Kidderminster, Bewdley, Stourport and Wyre Forest. My aim is to hold people and organisations to account to try to make my little bit of England a better informed, better place.
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