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Family Help Playground Project


When we moved into our purpose-built refuge back in 2003, it was considered state of the art… now, twenty years later, it is well-used and in need of renovation.

We accommodate around 60 women and 100 children every year, which means that since 2003 almost 2,000 children have resided in our refuge.

As you can imagine, the playground has been thoroughly enjoyed over the years and has been an indispensable source of respite and joy for the families staying in refuge. However, years of inevitable wear and tear meant that the existing playground had to be decommissioned and replaced with new equipment.

Together with invaluable advice from our younger residents, we devised grand plans for a new playground with nautical-themed climbing frame, swings for all ages, slide and pirate ship complete with plank, to submerge the children in an under-the-sea adventure every time they go out to play.

With a total cost of £65K, finding funding for this project was not plain sailing… A total of 15+ different funding sources made up the pot of gold needed to complete this project.

Anna Caygill, Service Manager, said, “When it comes to raising children, they say it takes a village, and completing this project would not have been possible without the incredible support from local businesses, community groups and members of the public. On behalf of all current and future residents, we would like to say a huge thank you to all involved in bringing this project to life.”