Have you ever played the National Lottery? If so you might not know it, but your pounds supported these great projects which have something on offer for people with disabilities. So, take the kids (young and young at heart), get out and about this summer and visit these wonderful projects that have received funding from the National Lottery.
The National Lottery generates over £30m every week for good causes supporting people and communities across the UK. Every time you buy a National Lottery ticket you help make a difference to communities across Wales by funding projects that bring communities together, protect and celebrate our heritage and improve lives through arts, sports and culture
Haverfordwest Skate Park – Picton Playing Fields, Haverfordwest SA61 1TP.
This popular skate park developed with a grant of nearly half a million pounds in 2011 from the National Lottery Community Fund, is now extremely popular. Kids on scooters and skateboards practise beside kids in wheelchairs. Lily Rice WCMX, silver medallist at 2018 WCMX world championships in California trains at the Park, check her out https://youtu.be/E0WJJYefglA
Rhianna’s Swing – The Gnoll Country Park, Gnoll Estate, Fairyland, Neath SA11 3BS.
Built in the lovely Country Park this free to access, inclusive play park is open for children. The park is fitted with specialist equipment designed to enable children with disabilities to play and is open 8am – 7pm during the summer months. For details of what is on offer visit: www.rhiannasswing.co.uk/our-vision .
Abercynon War Memorial Paddling Pool – Parc, Abercynon, CF45 4UY.
Open until 29th August, this volunteer run community venture offers exclusive swimming sessions for children with disabilities and their families between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday evenings – check for details before you go www.facebook.com/actionforabercynonwarmemorialpaddlingpool/
The Intersensory Club – Barry
They are offering special Olympics activities with free sessions during August – check out their Facebook page for further information www.facebook.com/theintersensoryclub/
Millenium Coastal walk – Millennium Coastal Park in Llanelli, SA15 2LF
A mixture of stunning coastline and beautiful woodland, the traffic free and accessible path starts at the Discovery Centre in Llanelli, and ends at Pembrey Country Park. Full route details are available from www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/millennium-coastal-park-llanelli and a review appears here www.disabledholidayinfo.org.uk/search/searchdetail.cfm?EstID=741
Talgarth Mill – Talgarth, LD3 0BW
The traditional watermill was returned to its former glory and is once again busy milling delicious stoneground flour. The Mill and award-winning café are both open Tuesday to Sunday and on bank holidays 10.00 till 16.00. You can take a tour with a guide or book a session to do some milling yourself, bread kits and flour are on sale. There is a wheelchair lift to the upper floors to take a tour and the café is also wheelchair accessible. https://talgarthmill.com/plan-your-visit.html
Pedal Power, Pontcanna Fields, off Dogo St, Pontcanna Cardiff CF11 9JJ
Used a National Lottery Community Fund grant to buy a variety of different bikes, available to hire out to people with and without disabilities. If you haven’t tried cycling before you can follow their online chart and find bike best suited to your abilities www.cardiffpedalpower.org/find-the-right-bike-for-you and then give them a call to hire one, they also sell accessible bikes, run cycling groups and offer training for cyclists.
Join an Activity Club – North Wales
If you are based in North Wales, local charity the Outdoor Partnership have supported a network of clubs offering outdoor activities and many cater for differing abilities. The full list is available here: www.outdoorpartnership.co.uk/en/club/all/
Cardigan Castle, Cardigan, SA43 1JAThe Castle won Channel 4’s Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year Award 2017. You can explore the Georgian house at the heart of the 900-year-old Castle and enjoy the listed gardens. There are guided tours, exhibitions, events and a café, and you can evenstay on the site (wheelchair access available). www.cardigancastle.com
RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre, Penllergaer, SA4 9WB.
You can visit the local pet rescue and rehoming centre which has a café and a woodland.
Free additional needs focused family play session 29 Aug 2018 10.30am to 12.30pm. To book, please contact (01792 635400) or email Michele.Beynon@swansea.gov.uk booking is essential as places are limited.