Children with autism often have trouble with spatial awareness, emotional regulation and social interaction with their peers. A well-equipped playground provides a safe, tactile space to explore and practise socialisation, as well as an exciting place to exercise and let off some steam.

Our current playground was built in 2001, and after extensive use over the last 20 years, it’s become run down and no longer fit for purpose. We’ve selected a range of new equipment to encourage stretching, reaching, core stability and social interaction skills – but we need your support to help make our dream a reality!

We asked some of our staff and pupils why a brand-new playground would mean so much to them. Here’s what they had to say....             


Over the next week, we’ll be hosting a very special activity week for our pupils.

During the first few days, they’ll be cycling laps of the school grounds until they reach a distance that’s equal to that from here to Parliament. Then, we’ll be taking part in an eight-hour football tournament and finishing off our week with a 24-hour sponsored walk!

It’s all in aid of our latest fundraising campaign; to install the new Inner Quad Playground, we’ll need to raise a total of £20,000. Are you able to donate and help us reach our goal? If so, please click here to give what you can.

Autism Wessex is registered in England & Wales under charity number 1000792 at Charity Hub, Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6BP. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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