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Project information

Play Time For All

Our Big Idea is to provide new therapeutic outdoor play equipment for our 4 existing houses, where all the children live during term-time, and for our forthcoming new house where some children will live during the holidays.

Two months for installation in 5 gardens

Charity information: The Mulberry Bush

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  • Need


    The four existing houses, where the traumatised extremely vulnerable primary aged children in our care live during term-time, have very dilapidated out-door play equipment. We are building another house where some children will live during the holidays, which will also need out-door play equipment. New equipment for all will help our therapeutic work.


    Each of the houses has a private garden where the children play, especially when they need an out-door area of quiet calm. New play equipment - slides, Wendy houses, sand pits etc. will help our vital therapeutic work. The new house will have new equipment indoors and in its new garden, which may cause some envy. New out-door play equipment for all will help to alleviate this envy.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help to teach all the children to play - some of our children have never played.


    » Playing with the children with the vital equipment which will enable them to play freely. Play is an essential part of their recovery.

    What success will look like

    We will demonstrate the success of this aim by tracking the children's social and emotional progress during the 3 years, on average, that they are with us.

  • Impact


    It will help all the traumatised vulnerable primary aged children to be able to learn to trust and respect themselves and others, to establish ordinary human relationships and to begin to learn. We will track their progress throughout their time with us and show that our success rate is very high. The children will rejoin their community, go to local schools and lead a rewarding life.


    The major risk is not having enough funds to buy suitable play equipment for ALL five houses. If we don't, then some of the children will miss out which will reduce their chances of recovery.

    We are dealing with this risk by applying for full-funding here.


    By e-mail to all donors, and e-mails letters and photos to our Champion and our Pledger as well as updates on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Outdoor Toys eg Slide, Wendy House, sand pit, swing
      £4,000 Outdoor Toys eg Slide, Wendy House, sand pit, swing
      £4,000 Outdoor Toys eg Slide, Wendy House, sand pit, swing
      £4,000 Outdoor Toys eg Slide, Wendy House, sand pit, swing
      £4,000 Outdoor Toys eg Slide, Wendy House, sand pit, swing
  • Background


    The outdoor equipment will be in the gardens of each of the five houses on one outstanding rural site at The Mulberry Bush School in Standlake near Witney in Oxfordshire. The children who it will be helping come from all over England and Wales.


    It will benefit all the children who attend the Mulberry Bush School, a therapeutic non-maintained residential special school, National Teaching School and National Support School, working with vulnerable and severely traumatised primary aged children some of whom are orphans, from across England and Wales.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are best placed to carry out this project because we have been providing therapeutic care, treatment and education to the most traumatised vulnerable primary aged children from all over England and Wales for nearly 70 years. Founded in 1948 by Barabara Dockar-Drysdale the leading child-psychotherapist our outcomes are high:

    93% of the children are successfully reintegrated into a suitable family.

    100% go to an appropriate school when they leave.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Toby Jackson

    Lead outdoor play therapist.

‘I enjoy being at the Mulberry Bush, it is the first place I have had friends and I do loads of fun activities.’

Helen (aged 10), a child at the Mulberry Bush School