Delivering inclusive play opportunities

For a number of years, we have been proud to support Marches Family Network, which provides a wide range of social and educational opportunities to children and young people with disabilities and their siblings. 

Herefordshire Community Foundation (HCF) has supported their specialist short breaks sessions which are targeted at 3 to 25 year olds with multiple and profound disabilities. The play sessions are tailored to meet individual needs, exploring everything from sports, outdoor bushcraft skills, arts and crafts, cookery, music and dance, through to sensory activities.

The activities are designed to build participants’ confidence, ensuring that even the most vulnerable children and young people in our county can access social and leisure opportunities. At the same time, it helps them feel included and part of something. The sessions also provide vital respite for parents, carers and families. Ultimately, they enable families to strengthen their resilience.

The main aim of these sessions is to provide children and young people with complex disabilities opportunities to do something fun with their friends. It may seem like a very basic aim but the opportunities are just not there for these children at the moment, they are being excluded from their communities through lack of appropriate, accessible provision.

Marches Family Network

With Thanks To
The Iron Fund

The Iron Fund has been established to provide grants which relieve the needs of people in Herefordshire. It favours projects which encourage  community cohesion, relieve issues of isolation and alleviate disadvantage.

Find out more about The Iron Fund
and how to apply?