Bradford community disability play day

Nell Bank, Bradford District’s inclusive outdoor education centre, has hosted the third Bradford Community Disability Play Day in partnership with the Bradford Toy Library and the Bradford Council's Specialist Inclusion Project.

This year’s event, which took place on 29 August, was the biggest yet, with over 500 people enjoying a fun packed day of activities provided by a wide range of community groups and organisations.

Children with their families were able to take part in a wide range of activities from the thrills of the giant inflatables and the Adventure Playground to kite flying, pond dipping and much more besides.

The event was again supported by Bradford Short Breaks and Sovereign Healthcare which along with the fabulous fundraising efforts of the Bradford Toy Library again meant this event could be free of charge for all of the families that were invited.

Dan Goodey, Head of Centre at Nell Bank, said: “This is the third time we have hosted this fantastic event and every year it gets bigger and better. There is tremendous support from the Bradford community which means we can put on a really special day for the families which all ages and abilities can really enjoy.”

Emma and Michelle, the family support workers from the Toy Library, said: “This year’s disability play day has been a huge success, we’ve had more participants than ever, more activities, more smiles and laughter, its been brilliant.

“We are very fortunate to have such incredible support from organisations like Sovereign Healthcare, without whom this event wouldn’t have been possible.”

Nicola Norris, from the Specialist Inclusion Project, said: “Events like this today are really important for families with children who have additional needs. Every activity is as accessible as possible and the whole event is about enabling everyone to get involved, whatever their abilities. We’ve had an amazing day and can’t wait to do it again next year.”

Cllr Adrian Farley, Bradford Council's portfolio holder for children and families, said: “We’re grateful to all the organisations who have worked in partnership to help us put on these fabulous activities for children. Providing children who have a disability and their families the opportunity to have a fun and creative time together is really important, and it’s fantastic that we get such good community support to run this event.”

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