Buffy Playbus Sensory Den

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Buffy Playbus Sensory Den

Buffy Playbus By Buffy Playbus

We are creating a dedicated sensory area on our new playbus, which would enable all pre-school children, whatever their abilities, to have fun and enjoy themselves in a unique & innovative setting.

Saffron Walden Fundraising stage

pledged of £5,124
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £5,124 by 21 Aug 2019

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:

  • Fabricate a Sensory Den on the new Buffy Playbus
  • Equip with lighting features, tactile materials, soft flooring & interactive play equipment

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:

  • Commissioning expert to design the sensory area
  • Sensory Area will be built
  • Additional Sensory Equipment will be purchased

Strengthening Communities & supporting families to feel less isolated are key impacts we are trying to address within the work that we do.

Location Saffron Walden

About the space

15 Communities throughout Uttlesford


Uttlesford District Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £5,124

Infinity Hut - £2,675 (52%)
Touch, Sound and Light Panel - £1,780 (35%)
Soft Floor Cushions - £348 (7%)
Other - £321 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Infinity Hut
Touch, Sound and Light Panel
Soft Floor Cushions
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: We'll use extra funds to purchase: 1) Cabin (above the Hut) £ 980-00 2) Soft Steps (up to the Cabin) £ 586-00 3) LED Colour Change Lights (estimated price) £1,580-00 4) Wall Keyboard Switch £ 385-00 5) Soft Wall Cushions £ 682-00

Total £5,124

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