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Revamped Charlie Chaplin Adventure playground reopened

A new-look Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground has been reopened as part of a host of projects that will transform the lives of disabled children and their families.

It is the largest project of its kind to be funded by Lambeth Council’s Aiming High for Disabled Children programme. The project has been created to improve the life chances and health outcomes of disabled children and young people across the borough.

The existing indoor provision has been added to with the construction of a new building which boasts a meeting space, kitchen, and new toilet facilities for disabled children. A range of dedicated services for disabled children and their families have been enhanced by the programme over the past two years. Most of the projects were completed in March with the rest due to be finished by September.

Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Service, Cllr Pete Robbins, said: “The Aiming High for Disabled Children Programme is about making disabled children our priority. We want Lambeth to be a brilliant place for all children and young people to grow up.

This project allows our aspirations to become a reality. I am delighted with the new facilities at the Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground and all the other projects that benefited from this funding.”

There have been six projects commissioned for improvements which have been funded by the Aiming High for Disabled Children programme. Clapham Manor Primary School and Children’s Centre has had a sensory room built. The room enables special needs children to explore and develop their skills in a multi-sensory room which includes soft play areas, padded walls and floors, special lighting, and interactive equipment. Accessible dressing rooms for performing artists have been fitted at Oval House Theatre. The refurbishment will help preserve the work of disabled performing artists which make up 15 per cent of the programme.

Whippersnappers College Lodge in Dulwich Park, which provides music, sport, and arts projects for all ages, has been converted into a community arts centre. Family Link, a charity which offers care and support for parents of disabled children, has been provided with a wheelchair-accessible 17-seater minibus with a fixed tail lift. Finally, the Oasis Children Venture, which provides activities for disabled children across Stockwell, has had its workshop extended and new disabled toilet facilities fitted.

PHOTO CALL
When: Friday, July 29
Time: 4pm to 4.30pm
Where: Bolton Crescent, in Kennington Park
Picture: Grand reopening

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