The John Townsend Trust (working name, The Royal School for Deaf Children Margate) offers a range of services including residential education, to children, young people and adults who are deaf or have communication difficulties and additional needs.
Clothworkers’ Foundation awarded a grant of £7,500 in September 2012, towards the costs of new outdoor play equipment and refurbishment of the school’s play space. Bright and colourful equipment was purchased, as well as the installation of new ground covering including astro turf and rubber bonded flooring. The project achieved its objectives of creating a fun, exciting and interactive space for disabled children, young people and those living in the immediate Thanet area. The old ground covering of bark chippings was removed as part of the refurbishment, as this made it difficult for wheelchair users to use the play area independently. The Trust were also helped by local volunteers, keen to support the charity. The original play equipment was refurbished and benches painted to create a vibrant and stimulating place to play.
The fully accessible adventure play area now helps to promote safe play, social inclusion and exercise for children and young people with disabilities. Over 200 children, young people and adults have been able to use the new space so far.