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A group of Purleigh parents have formed a constituted community group called Purleigh Community Fund (PCF) They are working closely with the Parish Council to refurbish the existing dilapidated play area. The aim is to create an area for children to play and for parents and guardians to meet up in a safe, pleasant environment. The group designed and conducted a community survey that had over 100 responses from varying demographics all overwhelmingly in favour of regeneration of the playground area. We have obtained a plan and four quotes that were based around equipment the local school children voted for as their highest preferences. Through a Garden Party, a Bingo Night, a mud run and grants they have raised enough for 4 pieces of equipment to be installed, but the children really wanted a nest swing (also known as a social swing) an we are hoping Space Hive and our community will help make this happen.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This project was instigated driven by the Purleigh locals and is a true community initiative. A new playground in Purleigh will have far reaching benefits for many years to come. Purleigh Community Primary School is at the heart of the community. Purleigh is also home to Half Pint nursery which welcomes over 50 pre-school aged children during term time. Having the school and the nursery in the centre of the village mean that in excess of 250 Essex children visit the village every school day. We believe having an inviting play area for children will ensure they are given opportunities to participate in unstructured play, socialise with their peers and engage in physical outdoor exercise which are all important aspects contributing to children getting the best start in life.
Steps to get it done:
A "social" swing, the Nest swing offers a more inclusive alternative to a standard swingset. Children with sensory processing disorders due to Autism and other development delays can benefit from sensory integration activities that provide vestibular input. Swinging is an excellent example of this type of activity. In addition to the physical provision of this piece of play equipment and the benefits it will bring, the project itself has been an important motivator for the young parent generation in the village. The community in general has over the years been supported and run by residents and clubs which, by their own admission, are of an ageing generation. They have voiced their concerns about the continuation of the neighbourly community as their own input decreases. This project has generated new life into the village community which will continue to grow alongside the play area and beyond.
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