Buffy Playbus are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funds from The National Lottery Community Fund and also Uttlesford District Council to buy a replacement bus, which will be launched September 2019. Children and their families are at the heart of everything we do on Buffy therefore we need the help of the Spacehive Community to raise the funds needed for the installation of our Sensory Den. The space will be dedicated to the sensory needs of all children. We will use lighting, soft materials, inviting colour schemes and interactive play to provide a safe & comforting environment where children can learn & play. This area will give a feeling of independence and help build self-confidence as children explore different stimulating activities in a relaxing manner. This will be a special place where children feel entirely at ease and are able to initiate & control effects of the experiences they create. The project has real power to make a big difference.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Since 1994, Buffy Playbus has shown that it is very capable of adapting to the needs of vulnerable and isolated families, by providing a well-regarded and welcoming service throughout the district of Uttlesford. During this time we have supported over 90,000 individuals enabling them to learn new skills and make supportive friendships, leading to stronger communities and more resilient families. The inspired initiative of a mobile service in a widespread rural area, is invaluable in bringing good quality play and learning facilities, under the guidance of experienced early years workers, directly to where they are needed most. Over 280 families are registered with our service and regularly visit our play sessions. The new bus provides an amazing opportunity to reach a wider range of families, so that early development can be enhanced and isolated children can be better equipped for their transition into future education.
Steps to get it done:
Strengthening Communities & supporting families to feel less isolated are key impacts we are trying to address within the work that we do.
About the space
15 Communities throughout Uttlesford
Uttlesford District Council