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Project information


Fernheath Play Association is the only fully inclusive play and respite centre in Bournemouth.The minibus will replace our existing, ageing minibus and allow the children who attend the oppurtunity to explore the local area and allow futher access for the children with special educational needs.

The project will begin as soon as the funds are raised and will run for the life of the minibus.

Charity information: Fernheath Play Association

Fernheath Play Association logo
  • Need


    Mechanical and electrical defaults with our current minibus.


    By replacing the existing minibus, allowing access to local facilities for all the children who attend the play sessions held by Fernheath Play Association.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Allowing fully inclusive access to the play ground.


    » Facilitate the collection and return of children to and from the playground

    What success will look like

    Success wil be more children with SENs accessing the playground through the pick up+drop off service provided.

    Aim 2

    To provide educational and fun trips out in the local community.


    » Providing a series of educational and fun trips in the local community across the entire school holidays.

    What success will look like

    Success will be more and more children accessing our trips out and participating in the local community.

  • Impact


    Long term success will be the increase in children able to attend the provisions provided by the Playground. This will be demonstrated by membership levels and registers.


    The maintenance of the bus could affect this project. We have dealt with this by maintaining a stringent fund for the maintenance and repair of the minibus.


    Funders of this project will recieve a quarterly email detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities, as well as necessary changes that have been made to the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £36,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £32,400 Minibus The minibus itself.
      £1,800 Insurance 1st years insurance
      £1,800 Admin & Other Marketing and Admin of the project. and Other costs such as road tax and other small expenditure.
  • Background


    The project is sited in West Howe, in the North West of Bournemouth, Dorset. The area is dominated by a housing estate comprised mostly of Council owned properties and Social Housing. In a recent survey by the Dorset Health Authority and Bournemouth Borough Council it was found to have one of the highest Jarman under privileged scored in Dorset.


    local population and children with SENs across Dorset.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    With our central position within the local community and the only fully inclusive play ground in Bournemouth our organisation understands the importance of individuality and experience. This project will enable us to maintain our already excellent standards and provide more services to those with disabilities as well as our able bodied members.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Hardwick - Manager

    John is the project manager and ensures all standards are met.

    Paul Webster - Deputy Manager

    Paul will be the liason between the association and the local schools and authorities.

    Kayleigh Hurl BA Hons - ICAN Play Coordinator

    Kayleigh will be responsible for the organisation of the trips and activities.

    Adam Looker BA Hons - Marketing

    Adam will be responsible for the advertising and marketing of the project to local schools and authorities.