Over 450 people will be making a splash at Grafham Water Centre
, on Saturday 6 August, for a special family day for local disabled children and their families.
The family fun day, which runs from 10:30am to 4:30pm, will give disabled children the chance to make use of new facilities at Grafham Water Centre which enable wheelchair users to be hoisted into canoes, specially equipped powerboats, sailing dinghies and slings to experience the thrill of a climbing wall.
The free event has been arranged by Cambridgeshire County Council and Action for Children’s Inclusion Project Cambridgeshire, to showcase the opportunities and activities available to families with disabled children in Cambridgeshire.
On the day there will also be archery, specialist tandem bikes to try out, a barbecue lunch and hot chocolate and marshmallows by the campfire.
Linda Simmons, Project Manager at Action for Children’s Inclusion Project Cambridgeshire, said: “The sign-up for this event has been incredible and highlights the support and need to provide accessible activities that offer disabled children and families the same opportunities as any other children and young people.
“It promises to be an action-packed day and will be the first time many of the children and families attending will have had chance to take part in anything like this.”
Cllr David Brown, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children & Young People added: “The Council’s Aiming High project substantially funded improvement works at Grafham Water Centre, including installation of specialist changing and washing facilities, overhead tracking in a dormitory, through to a fully equipped bathroom enabling disabled children and young people to experience not only daytime, but overnight inclusive events.
“Action for Children’s Family Day will showcase this excellent centre and give disabled children and their families an opportunity to have a go at something new. Over the past 18 months Grafham Water Centre has substantially increased its level of support to disabled children.”
Action for Children’s Inclusion Project Cambridgeshire, was opened in April, 2010, and supports disabled children and young people, aged between 0 and 19, in accessing mainstream activities.
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