We’re really excited to announce that after lots of hard work and generous donations from a number of funders, our two new projects are now open!
Both projects, which were completed against the odds during lockdown, look to encourage our service users to make the most of outdoor spaces and take part in physical activity.
The Sensory Multi Use Games area, or SMUGA, project was created after the teachers at our school, Portfield, identified the need for an area where the students could play sports in a fit-for-purpose environment, and the Wheels Workshop project helps those with autism to become active in the local community by promoting independence through cycling.
“The children at the school have an extremely varied curriculum, all of which equips them with crucial life skills, such as food shopping or managing social situations. The Wheels Workshop and the SMUGA are two more fantastic additions to Portfield’s offering, and we can’t express in words how much we value the support and generosity from those around us who make these things happen.” – Jemma Dudgeon, our wonderful Acting Headteacher
Both projects totalled in excess of £90,000, with donations provided by the local community groups as well as The Postcode Community Trust, Wessex CTC, The Clothworkers’ Foundation, Sport England, The Peter Harrison Foundation and The Morrisons Foundation.
A BIG thank you from all of us at Autism Wessex and Portfield school to all of those brilliant people who made this happen! Words can’t describe how grateful we all are.
For more information on our SMUGA and Wheels Workshop, please visit the Bournemouth Echo here.