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Children Matter regardless of abilities

Funded on Spacehive 6 December 2023

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Children Matter regardless of abilities

Children Matter regardless of abilities

Pegasus Playscheme By Pegasus Playscheme

Since 1986 Pegasus has supported families in the Local area's. We provide 1-1 volunteer support, an inclusive active summer scheme for children with multiple disabilities and neurodiverse conditions

Dover Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 06 Dec 2023!

To deliver an all inclusive project, focusing on good mental health allowing children with disabilities to make memories throughout the summer. We focus on inclusive activities. Engaging and encouraging teenage volunteers to provide 1-1 support. The benefits to all children taking part regardless of abilities is immense. The decline in all of our children's mental health is a huge problem. Pegasus gives children hope, a meaning to their lives and for three short weeks allows them to be children. It changes lives of not only those taking part but the larger network of families of our most vulnerable children. Improving physical, activity, social skills, less isolation, supporting those less able, children get a feeling of self worth and are valued. Holiday playschemes are also seen to have wider impacts at: family level, for example: • Increased potential for parents to participate in employment and training • Providing important opportunities for respite care Improved relationships

What we'll deliver:

  • A community scheme delivering active inclusive support
  • We encourage self improvement ie: volunteer of the week/scheme
  • Improvement to mental health for all taking part
  • Taking part in local activities which is supporting many local businesses and charities
  • Supporting our local economy and small businesses
  • Improved community cohesion and identity, especially in urban areas
  • Increased awareness and links to other services A community level, for example:
  • A happy environment for all taking part

Why it's a great idea:

The benefits to our children's mental health is evident to see. We all want to have a summer that we can remember. All children matter. Our short breaks, specially targeted for children with severe and complex needs are vital support for local families. We receive far more applications than we can take. Obviously it's seats on buses that restrict our numbers and financially we cannot hire another mini bus. We receive countless referrals from Social Services, and senior practitioners. We operate a first come first served basis it is the only fair way. Summers are long and can be extremely lonely not only for children with disabilities but teenagers too. Our children also need to be reminded that they can be valued and active. The community benefit from seeing our children and volunteers out and about during the summer we get countless affirmations about what we deliver. Ensuring that disabled children and young people are supported to optimise their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Steps to get it done:

  • Once we have secured the funding we can advertise the scheme to parents of children with disabilities, and volunteers
  • Around February we then advertise on social media for Staff and volunteers
  • March April we start to book activities, many require a deposit

Encouraging good Mental Health in our children and young adults. It appears that many young adults are at risk. Anxiety is a healthy human emotion that we all feel sometimes. That means most of us will have felt some of these feelings at some point. It seems during the long break this is highlited. We have a proven track record providing a scheme that encourages youth participation, shaping futures and encouraging teenagers to take a step towards a caring role in their own community. Coming back year after year, and even now the children of these volunteers coming to join us, just amazing. It's the continuity that makes a community. The benefits after only three weeks are evident to see. Parents are astounded at the difference in their children not only the ones with disabilities but the teenagers too. They make friends with people outside of their comfort zone, discovering new activities and improving their social anxiety working in a small group, but being part of a large team.

Location Dover

About the space

Big Yellow building Astor School Astor Avenue Dover


Dover District Council

How will the money be spent?Total £8,438

Wet Wheels - £1,200 (14%)
brockhill - £972 (12%)
canoeing - £940 (11%)
swimming - £810 (10%)
climbing - £693 (8%)
wingham park - £690 (8%)
kids planet - £540 (6%)
flip out - £480 (6%)
cinema - £405 (5%)
inflate & play - £268 (3%)
Other - £1,440 (17%)

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.

Wet Wheels
wingham park
kids planet
flip out
inflate & play
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  • Spacehive fees
  • skiing
  • face painter
  • disco
  • balloon lady
  • marsh maze
  • 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 pre book as many trips as we can. However the weather dictates many activities and we have to chop and change, also these are morning activities so the afternoons another activity is booked AD-hoc
  • We are desperate for New Art & Craft materials for the children prior to leaving on the mini bus each morning and on their return awaiting pick up
  • We do like to buy the children ice cream occasionally as it is the summer remember and gets very, very hot

Total £8,438

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • We are so overdue an updated business plan. If you think that you can offer your help then please get in touch. Thank you
  • We are so overdue an updated business plan. If you think that you can offer your help then please get in touch. Thank you

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