Whaley to get £84k Christmas present

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WHALEY Bridge Memorial Park is one of 14 projects across Derbyshire to benefit from grants of over £800,000 to help improve leisure, sport and play facilities for disabled children and young people.

The grants have been awarded by Derbyshire County Council to help support disabled children and young people get out and share leisure and outdoor experiences.

The Aiming High Capital Grants run for this financial year which means that all work must be carried out by the end of March 2012. Aiming High for Disabled Children has helped young disabled people in lots of ways before – such as funding short breaks and activities where children have fun and carers get a well-earned break.

Cllr Barry Lewis, county council Cabinet Member for Young People, said: “These grants provide a unique opportunity for us to work in partnership with district and borough councils to enhance the quality of leisure, sports and play experiences for disabled children and young people and to act on what they have told us.”

Across Derbyshire, 14 projects have been awarded grants including Whaley Bridge Memorial Park, which has been given £84,290 for a new extended skatepark and bike track to provide better opportunities for disabled children and young people. Money will be spent on equipment such as helmets, scooters and BMX bikes. Through structured sessions, children with disabilities can learn and experience skate park and bike track use.

A grant of £35,000 will help Derbyshire County Council buy a mobile Changing Places facility for use at events around the county. Changing Places toilets are for disabled people who have particular requirements and can’t use standard disabled toilets. They have more room in them, a changing couch, a fixed hoist and sometimes a shower and will allow more disabled people to enjoy local events.

And Derbyshire Dales District Council has been awarded £59,655 to help make their parks better for disabled children and young people. There are plans for disabled-friendly roundabouts which allow children in wheelchairs to get on and there will also be activity panels aimed at autistic children and concrete table tennis tables that can be used by wheelchair users.