Residents asked to vote for a new play area

30/10/2017, PR8681


​Residents are being asked to take part in an online vote to support a funding bid for a new play area for children with disabilities.

Cllr Olivia Rowley
Cllr Olivia Rowley

Wakefield Council manages The Early Years Assessment Centre at  Eastmoor Road, Wakefield. It offers learning support to children aged two to five years old, with complex needs including autism, Down's syndrome, and cerebral palsy.

The Centre has reached the final stages of a national competition run by Aviva, and now has the chance to win public support to revamp old play facilities at the hospital site.


The aim of the Wakefield project is to create a specialist play area to give children who cannot use conventional play equipment opportunities to learn and have fun outdoors. The playground would also include a sensory garden, a new reading area and an imaginative play area. They have applied for funding in the range of £10,000 to £25,000.

 Projects from across the country are competing for the funding, with the winners decided by a public vote.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Wakefield Council, said: "This is a fantastic project and I'd encourage as many residents as possible to get involved and show their support.

"It's important that all children have opportunities to learn and explore the outdoors. Please spare a few minutes to go online, vote for this amazing project and play your part in helping to boost its chances of gaining this important funding."

To vote for the Wakefield project go to:

 Voting is open until 21 November and the winners will be announced on 16 January.

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