Special Needs Playground

Dear registered users of the Lions Playground.  As previously posted, the playground remains closed due to the COVID.19 pandemic.  We are reviewing the situation regularly and as a result of our latest review we can report that the playground will remain closed, and it is likely that given the strict requirements to make it COVID.19 safe, it will remain closed until the end of this season.  As part of our ongoing review we are considering ways in which we can make it possible for users to visit safely and maintain the advised social distancing, and maintain strict hygiene conditions for the continued use by multiple family groups on a daily basis.  This we are sure you will appreciate, will require detailed planning and organisation of the Lions volunteers, to ensure yours and others safety going forward (the large majority of Lions are all classified as being in the vulnerable category themselves by age alone).  Over the coming months, as well as the ongoing maintenance we will be carrying out any necessary risk assessments, changes to the access control/recording of use and apparatus necessary, as and when the Government guidelines become clearer.  In the meantime we share your frustration that the playground needs to stay closed, and will advise as soon as its use becomes possible once again and the format of how it will operate
Our playground at Kingston Seymour is much used by the local families who have children with special needs and by organisations for those who support them. Its facilities include specially designed playground equipment that allows a carer to accompany a child on a swing or down a slide and a wheelchair swing where the child and their wheelchair can be accommodated. It also has a sandpit, rocking toys, a play house, tubular bells and plenty of room to run around and let off steam in a secure and safe environment. A waterfall and a movement sensitive water feature make a calming corner of the garden. There are picnic tables and a rain shelter and lots of bikes, tricycles and tractors have been donated by local people to add to the fun.
Email playground@yeovalleylions.org.uk for further details
The playground is maintained by members of Yeo Valley Lions Club and small teams arrange daily visits to ensure the facility is kept tidy and any problems dealt with. We know that this facility is greatly valued by those who use it. We have a Visitors Book so that families can leave comments. We are grateful for, and encouraged by, the very positive comments made by those using the Playground and a selection of these is reproduced below.

“Another lovely afternoon at the park. Thank you.” 

“Perfect day for a play run around and picnic with siblings in a safe environment. B was really excited to be back” 

“It’s lovely to come back, the park looks more amazing than ever” 

“A fabulous afternoon in the Spring sunshine. What a beautiful resource” 

“Very grateful for this playground, grandparents came too, perfect” 

“This place is a godsend. Thank you so much, its looked after very well” 

“First time here and it is fantastic” “Lovely hot day – glad of the shade for Z’s picnic. Z can’t walk so a bit limited with things she can do but she tried the swing and the spring chair and riding the big tractors being held on. We all enjoyed our visit. Thank you Yeo Valley Lions for this great place.” 

“Another lovely visit to a lovely calm & quiet escape where the kids can run around. Sensory issues means that there are very few places we can take our sons, so this playground is so good for them (and us!)” 

“Wonderful visit. Kids had a brilliant time and didn’t know where to go first. So much to do, lovely space, very secure and located in beautiful & peaceful spot. Many thanks!” 

“Wonderful time, Friday afternoon, so safe and calm so mum can actually relax a little! Really really appreciated.”

If you know of a child with special needs who could benefit from joining the playground then Email playground@yeovalleylions.org.uk

The Playground is free to use for any family that is registered with us. There is just a one off, £2 admin fee to initially register. 

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Second Tuesday Each Month @ 8pm
Yatton Village Hall

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