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Our History


Play Inclusion Project was founded in 1990 by a group of parents who had children with additional needs and disabilities.  These parents identified the need for children with disabilities to have the same opportunities to experience play and educational activities as their peers.  As a result; volunteer support was provided in nurseries and preschools.   Play Inclusion Project became a company limited by guarantee in 2004 and was registered as a charity in 2005. 


Over the years the need for support outside of school for children with disabilities was highlighted and in particular the support needed to access local community groups. Play Inclusion Project evolved accordingly in response to the changing needs of its service users and additional funding was sought and secured. Projects were set up to offer volunteer support in out of school leisure activities including Brownies, Beavers, drama groups and sports clubs and the demand for our services grew.


In 2011 the government reformed education and health support for children and young people with disabilities and introduced short break services. We became a short break provider for both Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Council and our service delivery model then became based around the delivery of our own groups and activities. This delivery model is still adopted today with our priority being centred around meeting the individual support needs of our children and young people. 

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