Challenging the barriers to play
Play is an important part of everyday life, especially for children and young people:
• Play helps us develop our physical and mental health.
• Play helps us to improve our relationships with friends (as well as making new friends).
• Play helps us grow our confidence and self-esteem.
Although play is proven to have all of these benefits, many disabled children and young people do not have the opportunity to take part in play.
That’s where Challengers comes in
We believe that play is something that everyone should be able to enjoy, so we remove the barriers to play by providing inclusive, exciting and fun play and leisure for disabled children and young people across the South East. Everyone can come along and have fun at our schemes. Volunteer for us and become part of a dynamic and supportive team and gain a rewarding insight into supporting disabled children and young people. A recent volunteer at Challengers, Penny Foster, says:
“Being a part of a Challengers team is amazing and one of the best experiences I have ever had. There is not a place quite like Challengers and its community of bubbly and enthusiastic children, young people and staff – it is unique. For me becoming a Challengers volunteer has also been very useful as I am currently studying childcare & development. I strongly urge anyone who is thinking about coming to volunteer to just fill in the application form and send it off!”