New sensory playground project is underway | Camphill School Aberdeen

Camphill School Aberdeen has been providing day and residential support to children and young people with complex additional support needs and learning disabilities in the region for more than 80 years. It currently supports over 100 students and is aiming to raise £10 million over 10 years in their ‘Building Futures, Transforming Lives’ campaign to expand its capacity by 60%.

As part of their continuous development programme, they have embarked on a new sensory playground project that will sit within the estate. This inclusive, outdoor sensory adventure and learning playground has been co-designed by the young people and the Camphill Foundation UK & Ireland is pleased to pass on a grant of £5,000 to contribute to the costs.

The playground has been created to reduce sensory overload and engage sensory experiences and will allow Camphill School Aberdeen’s pupils, and children in the local community, who are experiencing sensory processing barriers, to enjoy relaxed play sessions.

When built, the playground will blend in seamlessly with the natural surroundings of the estate and will be constructed using wood. Timber playground equipment offers a natural connection to nature and the environment while having a reduced environmental impact compared to its plastic or steel counterparts.

This project has received an amazing £250,976 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund supported by Aberdeen City Council. This money will go towards the cost of one of three planned zones. With fundraising well underway to meet the balance of the project, Camphill School Aberdeen hopes to open this amazing new facility in 2025.

We were delighted to receive a letter of thanks from Alex Busch, Executive Director of Camphill School Aberdeen,

“We’re so grateful for your continued support of our Camphill Community, please extend our sincere thanks to the Trustees. Their grant will help provide all children and young people in the region with a sensory disorder such as autism and learning disabilities, access to outdoor play and learning experiences, helping them reach their fullest potential.”

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