Livvi’s Place Marion, Hendrie Street Reserve, Park Holme
The Touched by Olivia Foundation together with the City of Marion, the South Australian Government and with the support of Channel Nine are building the State’s first inclusive playspace, Livvi’s Place Marion.
Livvi’s Place will be located at Hendrie Street Reserve, Park Holme, in the City of Marion, South Australia.
Touched by Olivia Foundation – building inclusion through play
Touched by Olivia was formed in Australia in 2006 by the Perkins Family, following the loss of Olivia, their baby daughter, to a rare disease. With a strategy aimed at creating healthier and happier lives for children, their core focus centres on creating inclusive playspaces across Australia.
The Touched by Olivia Foundation works hard to ensure that government, corporate and communities collaborate together to create inclusive playspaces.
Touched by Olivia has created a unique model based on partnership by bringing together communities, government and corporate Australia to deliver special places that change the way our society plays. Through extensive research, advocacy and guidelines based on the Universal Design Principles, they assist communities to create special places that encourage and invite social inclusion through play.
Many playspaces in Australia do not meet the needs of their community
Physical disabilities, coupled with childhood disorders, and the ever-changing demographic of stay at home carers, means that every detail needs to be considered for a space to be truly inclusive.
It’s not about installing a liberty swing and a few ramps up to a slippery slide. It means designing and creating custom made, accessible and intergenerational play equipment and amenities, incorporating accessible pathways, passive areas, sensory and tactile play and artworks, graduated challenges, points of recognition and visual cues, fencing, accessible parking and bus drop off zones.
During Olivia’s sickness, the Perkins realised the blunt reality that many children, including children with disabilities, are not afforded a basic human right—the opportunity to play. They decided that the very cornerstone of Olivia’s legacy must be born out of play for all, where everyone would belong, regardless of difference. It was clear to the Perkins that the perfect environment to fulfill their dream and be true to Olivia’s memory, was through the creation of inclusive playspaces, called Livvi’s Places.
A Livvi’s Place provides a unique environment for children of all ages and all abilities to play side by side.
In less than 10 years, Touched by Olivia has spread its wings and opened 19 Livvi’s Places across Australia. These playspaces are underpinned by the principles of universal design and reinforce the basic right that every child needs to play.
Extensive research and community consultation have gone into the development of these Playspaces to make them truly world class facilities.
Donate to the Touched by Olivia Foundation
Touched by Olivia is a not for profit organisation, with 2.5 staff members and thousands of volunteers. If you’d like to support them there are many ways you can do so.
Find out more about how you can donate to Livvi’s Place, Marion here.
Able Seaman Andy Cap
Author Ian Kissock has created a range of books titled The Adventures of Able Seaman Andy Cap. He has created two books, a CD and a colouring book of the first book, written by him and illustrated by artist Eddie White. In these books a young sailor Andy has to come to terms with being injured and living with a disability and bullying.
‘I didn’t like the terminology for disabled people and this inspired me to create Andy and his adventures,’ author, Ian Kissock said.
The books have been so successful that the proceeds have raised over $1500 for Touched By Olivia in South Australia. You can buy a copy of this book through yourbooksonline.com.au.
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Image Source: Touched by Olivia Foundation website/Facebook
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