The sad story of Evesham Adventure Playground
Evesham Adventure Playground Association was constitued [sic] in 1982, when after a number of years campaigning a local group of adults formed a committee, with its aims to provide a safe supervised play space for the children and young people in Evesham and the surrounding villages.
A wooden scout hut with a wood burning stove was the base where everything happened, until 1997 when the doors opened to our new purpose built building.The playground developed into a thriving centre, attracting support from national and local grant making bodies, therefore acquiring charitable status.
We provide various activities for children, young people and their families, with the children and young people being at the heart of the decision making for the way the play space is shaped.
In March 2011, the place got a refit:
Evesham Adventure Playground received £82,000 to finance a revamp of its facilities to cater for disabled users, together with supervision for specialist sessions.
In January, the Eversham Journal reported:
AN Evesham children’s charity is facing possible closure despite receiving a grant of £82,000 less than 12 months ago.
Evesham Adventure Playground received the financial boost from Worcestershire County Council early last year, with the money spent on a revamp of facilities.
But now the charity may be forced to close as it struggles to find funds to pay for day-to day running costs.
Co-ordinator Heidi Deacon said: “As the new year has begun, we are running out of money completely. We got the grant last year but that was only for the refurbishment.”
The Ofsted report of 2011 noted:
Children have a wonderful time in this caring, friendly and stimulating environment. Children make good progress in their individual learning and development because staff have a good knowledge of how to support children and provide a good range of indoor and outdoor resources and activities.
How’s that for clear thinking in high places..?