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Peapods Secures Big Lottery Funding

Peapods are pleased to announce that we have been awarded an Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund. This will fund a summer programme of outdoor accessible activities for physically disabled children and their families.

Having a child with a physical disability can be an isolating experience. Peapods helps parents to feel less isolated, providing support, solidarity and friendship through a monthly Saturday club and social activities.

It can be difficult for our families to access day trips and activities without additional support. As a result they miss out on vital opportunities to build friendships and have fun in the same way as other families do.

Our summer programme gives them the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and socialise with other families and to support each other and take part in activities that others take for granted

‘I don’t think people realise how hard it can be to go on a day trip with a physically disabled child. There is so much to think about. Will it be accessible when I get there? Will there be any parking? Where will we eat? What extra stuff do we need to take? How will we cope with looking after our disabled child and giving our other children the time and supervision they need to enjoy the day? That’s why I love going out with Peapods. They do so much of the thinking for me that it doesn’t feel like mission impossible.’

The funded events are:

  1. An afternoon of boating at the Wokingham Waterside Centre on the River Thames using their fully accessible katakanu boats.
  2. A seaside trip to Boscombe, which has a wheelchair accessible beach, including transport and a fish and chip lunch.
  3. A summer picnic at Sol Joel Park, which has an inclusive playground.
  4. A day at Thames Valley Adventure Playground in Maidenhead, a specialist adventure playground for disabled children. We hire this venue for our exclusive use, enabling families to enjoy this facility with other families with similar needs.
Lottery Funded