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Project information

Sensory Truck visits for disabled children

BAND would like holiday playschemes in Bristol working with disabled children to each receive a 3-hour visit from the Playbus Sensory Truck. The Sensory Truck is a fully equipped mobile sensory play space, it includes a: small ball pit, air bubble tube, music and sounds, and a U.V. area.

April 2019 - April 2020

Charity information: Bristol Association for Neighbourhood Daycare (BAND)

Bristol Association for Neighbourhood Daycare (BAND) logo
  • Need


    The Sensory Equipment is designed for all children, but is particularly focused on those who are disabled, have learning difficulties, or are autistic. This will serve to develop their skills – from communication, physical aptitude, as well as helping with socialisation. It will also help these groups to become fully accessible and inclusive.


    The benefits for disabled children are: accessing local care, improving social & communication skills, increased independence, learning to be part of a group, building relationships, increased self-confidence and self-esteem, higher sense of belonging and acceptance within their community and by peers, trying out new activities, learning new skills. We positively encourage children to mix & enjoy the resources together as this is part of overcoming stigmatisation and will help promote equality.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Ensure childcare is accessible, inclusive and committed to equal opportunities


    » By organising 30 visits each year to childcare groups supporting disabled children.

    What success will look like

    By seeing an increase in disabled children attending childcare in Bristol - this would be demonstrated through the monitoring forms we sent out to groups we work with.

    Aim 2

    Develop the skills of disabled children and improve skills


    » The Sensory Truck allows playworkers to combine elements of both play and therapy to deliver outcomes in a fun and meaningful way.

    What success will look like

    Through feedback from parents, playworkers, volunteers and sensory Truck staff

  • Impact


    A recent SCOPE report suggested that 62% of parents with a disabled child were unable to access childcare services in their local area as many clubs were just not equipped to meet their needs. We believe, by providing sensory truck visits, we will be able to increase the accessibility to disabled children & those with learning difficulties, & thereby help to improve inclusion. This is particularly prevalent for out-of-school clubs & holiday playschemes that operate on a part-time basis.


    Having more children wanting to participate than time allows for. Currently we aim to organise 30 visits a year - this may have to be increased as more and more clubs work with disabled children. Or possibly arrange shorter visits.


    A grant report will be compiled once monitoring forms have been collated and assessed.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,000 30 Sensory truck visits £300 per 3 hour session
  • Background


    The visits will take place all over Bristol city.


    Disabled children

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    BAND have a wealth of experience working with Bristol based childcare groups. We are also committed to inclusive practices and as such pay for additional workers to work with disabled children, have a free library of sensory toys and equipment available for free loan, run free Makaton training courses (signing).

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Holway

    Sensory Development and Support Officer

The child I support loves the music and lights. He had an amazing time, listening to music (choosing the music by himself on the tablet) and flashing lights