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NEW INCLUSIVE PLAY CATALOGUE – OUT NOW!

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Featuring our complete range of products for inclusive play. Download your copy here.

Inclusive Play design, develop and manufacture innovative, quality play products offering choice and challenge whilst considering impairment; enabling children, no matter their ability, to play and learn together. 

To find out more about how Inclusive Play can work with you to fill the gaps in your inclusive product range please get in touch by email – info@inclusiveplay.com – or telephone 0131 214 1180.

PiPA Playground Opening – Warley Play Area, Brentwood

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One of our newest PiPA Playgrounds was unveiled in a ribbon cutting ceremony last month, Warley Play Area in Brentwood has undergone a massive transformation providing a destination inclusive space to be enjoyed by everyone!

It’s always fantastic to read about our PiPA playgrounds in local press and Essex Live provided some great coverage following the opening.  You can read their article here.

If you think your new or existing play space meets the criteria to become recognised as a PiPA playground you can let us know by emailing info@inclusiveplay.com or give us a call on 0131 214 1180.  

 

 

New PiPA Sites for Summer 2018

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With the weather heating up and the summer holidays just around the corner there’s no better time to add 2 new inclusive sites to our PiPA Map!  West Bay, Bridport is our newest Destination PiPA and with it’s great facilities and close proximity to the beach will be a must visit this summer.  Warley Playing Fields Play Park, our newest Community PiPA, is set to open later this summer providing a fantastic inclusive provision to the local community. 

If you have a new or existing play space which you think could be posted on our PiPA map please get in touch on 0131 214 1180 or at info@inclusiveplay.com.

West Bay Play Area, Bridport, DT6 4EH – Destination PiPA

Designed for everyone from 0 – 99 West Bay Play Area provides an excellent day out location complete with accessible facilities on site and ample parking.  The unique play area has been designed to reflect its setting on the Jurassic Coast and the area’s history of rope making.  The purpose-built design is based on a ship wrecked on the rocks and it’s this along with the site’s proximity to the beach, zoned play layout and wide range of play activities that makes this a fantastic inclusive playground which can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Travel

West Bay Play Area is located 2 miles from the centre of Bridport, an approximate 30 minute walk or 10 minute drive.  Alternatively, buses C1 or X53 will take you from the town centre to the play area within 15-20 minutes. 

The closest train stations to Bridport are:

  • Maiden Newton (12 miles) providing links between Gloucester and Weymouth
  • Crewkerne (12 miles) providing links between London Waterloo and Exeter
  • Axminster (13 miles) providing services between London Waterloo and Exeter

More information on services and facilities can be found at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ or by visiting the links above.

West Bay Play Area is easily accessible from the A35 and provides a large car park with direct access to the play space with 12 accessible spaces and mini bus parking areas.

Refreshments and Facilities 

There is a café on site, within 500m of the play area.  Opening times vary throughout the year but are kept up to date on their website here.

Spring Summer Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 9am – 5pm

The play area is also located close to nearby shops and the beach and harbour area. 

Accessible public toilets are available 24 hours a day within the car park area and can be accessed by Radar Key. 

The Play Area 

Created through a partnership between Bridport Town Council and local charity BYPAT (Bridport Young Persons Action Trust) West Bay Play Area provides a space that enables all children (regardless of age or ability!) to play and enjoy themselves together.

Key inclusive items:

  • Wheelchair accessible roundabout
  • Wheelchair accessible swing
  • Musical items
  • Tactile play elements situated throughout which can be accessed from a seated and standing position
  • In ground trampoline
  • Basket swing
  • Sand play table at wheelchair height
  • Accessible picnic benches
  • Quiet spaces
  • Compact gravel paths throughout the space allowing direct access to the majority of equipment

 

*COMING SOON* Warley Playing Fields, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3AU – Community PiPA

Warley Play Area is situated within Warley Playing Fields, with the entire site extending over 114,170m².  As well as the inclusive play space Warley Playing Fields provides a fantastic natural, open space for the whole family to enjoy with sports pitches and course and a Multi-Use Games Area available for everyone to use. 

Travel

Warley Playing Fields is located approximately 1 mile from Brentwood Train Station, a distance which takes approximately 20-25 minutes to walk, and 1.5 miles from the centre of Brentwood, an approximate 30-35 minute walk. 

Alternatively, the no. 9 and 808 buses run from both the centre of Brentwood and the train station to the park entrance, with the journey taking around 10 minutes. 

Brentwood Train Station is on the Great Eastern Main Line and provides a direct link to London Liverpool Street, a journey which takes 40 minutes.  The station’s platforms at Brentwood are accessible by lift or step free access via the station carpark and National Key Toilets are located on platform 4. 

Warley Playing Fields are located within close proximity to both the M25, A12 and A172, accessed by either Junction 28 or 29. 

There is on street parking located on the other side o the main road to the park, less than 20m away, as well as on street parking throughout the surrounding area.  There are currently no accessible parking spaces available however these are planned by the council to be installed shortly. 

Refreshments and Facilities

There are no refreshment or toilet / changing facilities on site.  There is a small supermarket located an 11 minute walk (2 minute drive) away from the park and a wide range of outlets and facilities available in Brentwood itself. 

The Play Area

The play area has been designed to provide an inclusive, imaginative and physically challenging space for children of all ages and abilities which inspires, excites, challenges and stimulates all children’s imaginations. 

Key Inclusive Items

  • Tactile springers – Orbs collection and Mezzo
  • Rainmaker provides aural stimulation
  • Wheelchair accessible Wheelspin roundabout
  • Large variety of swings including; Hags Tango swing seat, Inclusive Play’s Basket and Sit Up Swing as well as traditional flat and cradle options
  • Tarmac paths in excess of 1.2m wide throughout site provides access to all areas of equipment, matta surfacing ensures year round access, with no grass or loose material used under any of the equipment

 

 

 

 

Inclusive Play’s Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Keeping our customer’s data safe and secure is one of our top priorities.  Below we will outline how we collect, process and store the personal date of our customers, clients and suppliers ensuring your personal data is safeguarded and respected at every step of the way.

Please note that all the information below may not apply to you.  We have explained below an overview of all possible situations and one or more of these may apply to you as a customer, client or supplier of Inclusive Play.   

Who are we?

Inclusive Play (UK) Ltd is responsible for the personal data that you share with us.  When we say “Inclusive Play”, “us”, “our” or “we” this is who we are referring to.  Inclusive Play is the “data controller” for the purposes of applicable data protection laws. 

  • Company Name: Inclusive Play (UK) Ltd
  • Website Address: inclusiveplay.com
  • Company Registration Number: SC301254
  • Head Office: Suite 49, 1-3 St Colme Street, Edinburgh EH3 6AA
  • Registered Address: 9 Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6AT
  • Telephone: 0131 214 1180
  • Email: info@inclusiveplay.com

What is personal data?

Personal data means any information which could identify you either directly or indirectly.  This includes, but is not limited to; your name, email/home address, usernames, profile pictures, financial information, Curriculum Vitae, health records or IP address. 

This Privacy Policy covers all personal data that is collected and used by Inclusive Play (UK) Ltd.  

What data might we collect from you?

Website Users/Prospective Customers

  • Information you submit through forms on our website or emails sent direct to us
  • A record of any correspondence between us
  • Details of your enquiry

Existing Customers/Suppliers

  • Name
  • Email address and telephone number
  • Bank details
  • Address
  • A record of the correspondence between us
  • A record of the transactions between us
  • Copies of appropriate contracts in place between us

Under GDPR we will ensure that your personal data is processed lawfully, fairly and transparently without adversely affecting your rights.  We will only process your personal data if at least one of the following applies:

  • You have given consent to the processing of your personal data for one or more specific purposes
  • Processing is necessary for the performance of the contract to which you are a party or to take steps at the request of you prior to entering into a contract
  • Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject
  • Processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of you or another person
  • Processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority

How do we use what we collect?

We use the information we collect about you in the following ways:

  • Provide information, products and services that you request or (with your consent) which we think may be of interest to you
  • Manage our contracts with you
  • Comply with specific legal obligations

If you are an existing customer and you don’t want to be contacted for marketing purposes, please let us know at info@inclusiveplay.com

If you are a new customer, you will be only contacted for marketing purposes if you agree to it. 

How do we store your data?

All customer, client and supplier information may be transferred to, accessed in, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (EEA).  It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our service providers. 

Where Inclusive Play transfers personal data outside of the EEA, this will be done in a secure and lawful way with all relevant steps taken to ensure that third parties adhere to the commitments set out within this Privacy Policy.  

For further information please contact us. 

How long do we keep your personal data? 

We will keep your personal data for as long as we need it to provide you with your requested service(s) or to meet our commercial or legal obligations. 

To determine the retention period of your personal data, we consider the below criteria to make sure we do not keep your data for longer than necessary or appropriate.

  • The purpose for which we hold your personal data
  • Our legal and regulatory obligations in relation to that personal data e.g. financial reporting obligations
  • Whether our relationship with you is ongoing
  • Any specific requests from you in relations to the deletion of your personal data
  • Our legitimate business interests in relation to managing our own rights, for example the defence of any claims

We will conduct an annual review to ascertain whether we need to keep your personal data, when it is decided that we no longer need it will be deleted or be anonymised so that you can no longer be identified from it. 

Is my personal data secure?

Inclusive Play are committed to keeping your personal data secure and take all reasonable precautions to do so.  We contractually require our trusted third parties who handle your personal data for us to do the same. 

We will always do our best to protect your personal data and once we have received your data we use strict procedures and security features to prevent unauthorised access.  As no transmission of information via the internet is completely secure, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal data transmitted by you through our website.  Any transmission is therefore done at your own risk. 

What are my rights?

You can ask us at any time to not use your data for marketing.  You can do this by unsubscribing via a mailer, ticking the relevant box on our forms or by contacting us direct at info@inclusiveplay.com.

Under GDPR you have the right to:

  • Access and receive a copy of any personal data we hold about you
  • To rectify any personal data which is incorrect, outdated or incomplete
  • In some cases, to have your personal data erased or deleted; this is not an absolute right as there may be legal or legitimate grounds for retaining your personal data
  • Be informed of what data processing is taking place
  • Withdraw consent at any time for any personal data processing based on consent
  • Object to the processing of your personal data
  • Complain to a supervisory body

Please note that our terms and conditions and our policies will not apply to other websites which you may reach via a link from our site.  We have no control over how your data is collected, stored or used by other websites and we advise you to check the privacy policies of any such websites before providing any data to them. 

What if we change this policy?

If we change our Privacy Policy we will post the changes on this page, where appropriate we will also notify you by email. 

Inclusive Play Packages

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We know that designing an inclusive space can sometimes be daunting, but don’t worry, Inclusive Play are here to help!

We have created 7 new inclusive play and sports packages including fantastic products from across our range to make your space more inclusive.  

Everything from Sensory and Dynamic play to our iSwing and Wheelspin Roundabout to Fitness, Multi-Use Games Areas or Skate Ramps; we’ve got all budgets and all abilities covered.  

Every child has the right to play and our designers have focused on equipment that offers full accessibility and inclusion as well as fun and challenge.  

 

The Sensory Package includes:

 

The Dynamic Package includes:

 

The Wheelspin Package includes:

 

The iSwing Package includes:

 

The Gym Package includes:

  • IP600 Big Shoulder Wheels
  • IP601 Accessible Arm & Pedal Bike
  • IP602 Elliptical Cross Trainer
  • IP603 Sit Up Bench
  • IP604 Bicycle

 

The MUGA Package includes:

  • 7m Wide Kickwall
  • 3 x HDPE Target Panels

 

The Skate Package includes:

  • Bank Ramp 600 x 2400
  • Drive Way 300 x 2400
  • Quarter Pipe 600 x 2400

 

Get in touch today at info@inclusiveplay.com to see how we can help you create a more inclusive space for your community! 

Anosmia Awareness Day – Living without a sense of smell

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Anosmia Awareness Day is a day to spread awareness about Anosmia – the loss of the sense of smell, which takes place each year on February 27th.

Perhaps since there are relatively fewer visible and practical difficulties associated with olfactory disorders than with visual or auditory impairments, the nature of olfactory dysfunction and its consequences for an individual’s safety and quality of life are not widely understood.

Anosmia Awareness Day aims to expose this situation, push for the development of successful treatments, and inform the general public about the serious impact that Anosmia can have on a person’s life. As one of the senses listed in our 6 Senses of Inclusive Play, which we feel should all be engaged in a fully inclusive design, we thought we would explore what it might mean to be without this sense. 

We can actually get a look at this first hand as our Business Manager Jo Talbot was born without a sense of smell and can explain what her life is like without it.

“Studies show that 75% of emotions are triggered by smell which is linked to pleasure, well-being, emotion and memory. I have never experienced this. Sometimes I feel sad about it as I can’t relate to scents people rave about; coffee, flowers, babies, perfume. I don’t really know what I am missing though as I have never had this sense. I also clean a lot as I can’t tell if food is off or something smells bad – the only way around that is to clean before it has a chance to smell!

I think my visual senses are heightened to compensate however. I have a photographic memory and I am extremely good with faces. My earliest memory is aged two, the day my sister was born – I can recall that day very clearly in my mind’s eye. Life is very optical for me; I love art and photography. Memories are words, feelings and visual snapshots, not smells (sometimes I think this can be a good thing though!).

My work with Inclusive Play has shown me how for people who are deaf/blind the sense of smell plays a key role for identifying people, places, objects and activities. It would have a huge impact for them if this sense was also lost.”

While life might be slightly gloomier but not severely compromised without the ability to smell beautiful things, Anosmia sufferers have been shown to be susceptible to dangerous situations such as gas leaks, fires, hazardous chemical vapours, and ingesting spoiled food.  Additionally, people with smell loss can also experience difficulty with eating due to the close relationship between smell and taste; this contributes to our enjoyment of life by stimulating a desire to eat which not only nourishes our bodies, but also enhances our social activities.

Jo confirms “I have set fire to my house twice; once I was in the room and didn’t realise what was happening. My partner came running and burst into the kitchen to sort it out saying he had smelled the ‘acrid burning’ from upstairs. I had no idea as I had my back to it. I have to double and triple check I have put candles out properly and of course the gas hob. Fire alarms are an absolute must for us Anosmics.”

She continues, “With regards to food, luckily I can taste ok although perhaps not be able to distinguish very subtle flavours. I was an incredibly fussy eater as a child – I wouldn’t try anything if it didn’t look nice. I had to teach myself as an adult to get over that”

@FifthSenseUK , a UK-based charity that provides support and information to people with smell and taste disorders, has connected Anosmia Awareness Day to its international online awareness and fundraising campaign called #LongLostSmell 

Inclusive Play’s 1st iSwings in the USA!

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At Inclusive Play we’re continually striving to help our customers around the world to create play spaces which enable children, no matter their ability, to play together.

A highlight of our 2017 has been, through the incredible hard work of our US based customer and our Business Manager Joanne Talbot, the installation of the first iSwings in the United States of America, bringing the joy of play to a community which previously had no provision for their children who use wheelchairs.

It was through out Facebook page that Scott Sawyer, Director of The City of Newberry’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, reached out to Inclusive Play to discuss our products and in particular our IP15 iSwing.  Scott was on a mission to raise awareness of the need for accessible and inclusive play areas not only within his own community but nationwide and recognised that Inclusive Play’s products provided what he couldn’t currently find within the US play market.

After extensive back and forth communication between Joanne and Scott our first 2 USA bound iSwings made their way across the Atlantic in August ready to be installed in Newberry’s ‘Marion Davis Park’.  

Of the project Scott says “…it was an awesome experience communicating with Joanne Talbot via e-mail.  This was a major endeavour by the City of Newberry and proved to be quite a challenge working out all of the details, but Joanne was patient enough to answer all of my many questions.  United States playground companies do not produce a wheelchair swing product that even comes close to the quality of the IP15 iSwing…The ease of use and solid construction surpassed any other swing I came across in my research.  

Many people in our community and likely around the world probably don’t think about accessible and inclusive play for the special needs population.  Not because they don’t care, but because it hasn’t occurred to them.  Community members attending the ribbon cutting for the swings saw two precious girls being the first to swing on the Inclusive Play swings and the smiles on their faces and the excitement they showed was absolutely awesome.  It was not only an impact for the girls and their families, but for those community members who got to witness it.

Many of the Newberry families with special needs children have used social media to set up play dates to meet at the park and let ALL of their kids play.  The City of Newberry is thankful for the cooperation of Inclusive Play in working to bring the iSwing experience to our community.”

The iSwings have been such a success in Newberry that they’ve even been featured in the local press.  WLTX19’s article spotlighted Itzey’s story, who hasn’t been able to join in the fun while visiting her local park with her brothers and sisters who can play freely.  The introduction of the iSwings mean Itzey can join in the fun now too!  

City of Newberry’s Manager Matt DeWitt said, “I have a feeling this type of park addition is something you’ll be seeing a lot more of in the City of Newberry…There is no reason that children of all ability levels can’t play, learn and grow in an inclusive and accessible environment that works for everyone.  We never want a brother, sister or friend to feel excluded from play, and this is more important than ever.”

At Inclusive Play we’re pretty proud of this project and so pleased that Scott’s hard work and dedication has paid off to create a fantastic space which the whole community in Newberry can now enjoy.  We look forward to working with Scott and his team again in the future so that they can continue to increase the inclusive play opportunities in their community and lead the way in inclusive provision across the United States.

With our unique focus on designing, developing and manufacturing innovative and quality products which offer choice and challenge whilst considering impairment, how could we help your existing or future project be more inclusive too?

If you would like to discuss your project with us please get in touch at info@inclusiveplay.com

Inclusive Play Black Friday Deals

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Our Black Friday deals can help to make your new or existing play space much more inclusive to allow everyone to enjoy the fun!  Buy an Inclusive Play IP13 Vortex or IP12 Wheelspin and pay before Christmas to receive a fantastic discounted price.

Our IP13 Vortex is especially fun for older children, providing a robust product designed to offer a variety of dynamic movements.  This rocking, rotating, springing roundabout provides fantastic dynamic movement and can be enjoyed sitting, sitting supported or lying down. 

Our Black Friday price: £4250

 

Our IP12 Wheelspin is our most inclusive product offering all children the liberating experience of dynamic movement.  The large floor space can accommodate bigger, power assisted wheelchairs still with room for peers, parents and carers. 

Our Black Friday price: £4395

 

For more information give us a call on 0131 214 1180 or email info@inclusiveplay.com

 

Understanding Autism with Tailor Ed Foundation

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At Inclusive Play, we are committed to learning about the different challenges people face, both professionally and in every day life for parents, carers, adults and children alike. We strive to educate ourselves so we can continue to provide the best inclusive products and design on the market.

Last week on September 7th 2017, members of the Inclusive Play team attended an Understanding Autism workshop led by Pete from Tailor Ed Foundation, hosted at The Yard.

The Understanding Autism workshop provides up to date understanding of autism and includes examples of how autism affects different people in different ways. It provides a method to think about how autism affects children and opportunities to consider this.

It was an extremely informative workshop and it was great to have open discussion about inclusive play opportunities for children with autism and the use of creating quiet spaces in outdoor play.

Thank you to Pete for hosting the fantastic workshop and The Yard for hosting, we look forward to attending more workshops in the coming months!

 

 

 

Inclusive Play Conference 2017

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On July 4th 2017 we hosted our first Inclusive Play Conference at Chelmsford Hylands Estate. We welcomed a diverse group of delegates to our conference: Park Project Officers, Landscape Designers, Parents, Carers, and representatives from Local Authorities, Friends Groups and Support Groups.

Our objectives for the day were to share understanding about what “inclusive” really means and how to achieve inclusivity, introduce our delegates to PiPA, look at play spaces from a landscape architects point of view and most importantly, take time to listen and learn from families and carers’ perspectives on their lives caring for children with additional support needs.

We were thrilled to have a number of guest speakers at the conference including Michael Hoenigmann, Director of Jupiter Play, Rachel Carvoso, from Sunshine Centre and Inclusive Play staff.

Jayne Pullen from Liz Lake Associates, recently wrote a blog reflecting on her time with us concluding that, “the conference really highlighted the responsibility we have as landscape architects to help champion the ethos that truly accessible and inclusive play areas become the norm.” You can read Jayne’s full blog on the Liz Lake website, here.

Having talked all things inclusive throughout the day it seemed fitting that we wrapped up our conference with a tour (and play!) of theDestination PiPA play area at the Hylands Estate.

If you’d like to receive updates on our future events or conferences please email: info@inclusiveplay.com to register your interest.”