Enable Ireland open new playground in Naas

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Enable Ireland Kildare officially opened their new accessible playground for children with disabilities in their service in Jigginstown, Naas yesterday.

The playground features an Ability Wheel Carousel, which is fitted flush to the ground to allow easy access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Enable Ireland believe this inclusive piece of equipment will be of huge value to children using our service.

After the centre opened, parents of children using the service identified the need for an accessible playground as a fundraising priority.

One parent who has been involved in fundraising for the playground is Caroline Ennis.

"Together with other families we decided to run the fundraiser for Enable Ireland as a way of giving back to the team here because of what they have done for our children. We wanted to support the playground because if will benefit not only our children but all children in the service here," she said.

Also unveiled, was the ‘Cuprinol Kalaedoscope of Colour’ garden. The garden won a Silver Gilt Award at Bloom earlier in the year and was donated to Enable Ireland Kildare following the event.

Enable Ireland Director of Services Wicklow/Kildare Frankie Barrett commented; "Play is essential to any child’s development and contributes to their cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being. We are extremely grateful for the funding we received from TK Maxx, UPS Ireland, Kildare County Council and National Lottery Fund, which has made this playground a reality. We are also very grateful to Dulux for the donation of the beautiful garden.”

“The playground will allow us to make therapy sessions more practical and fun and it's great to have the opportunity to incorporate Physio into outside play. It will also provide a fun accessible space for children to visit our building and enjoy themselves. Over time, this will support a positive relationship between the children and the service, so that they are more comfortable and confident when attending intervention groups in the future.”

Enable Ireland, in partnership with the HSE, Muiriosa Foundation, KARE, and St. John of God Kildare Services, provide supports to over 1,000 children and young people with complex needs aged 0 – 18 years, living in Kildare and West Wicklow.

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