We have launched the Space To Play project at Footprints in Canterbury to enhance our facilities for children with complex disabilities and life limiting conditions.  

The Space To Play project will provide:

  • A wonderful new spacious indoor activities and play room
  • A separate ‘state or the art’ sensory room
  • Two beautifully refurbished holiday/respite care rooms with adjoining specially adapted bathroom.

Who will benefit?

Footprints offers permanent care, short breaks and day care to children with disabilities from the ages of 5 years upwards.The children have a wide range of disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and other genetic and complex conditions.

Why is the project needed?

We urgently need more indoor space for the children. Currently we are operating at full occupancy and we are finding our social and play areas are getting overcrowded especially when all the children are at home together. Our current sensory room is very outdated and unfit for purpose and our respite care rooms need upgrading. This project will address all these issues and will also enable us to accommodate more children for respite and day care in the future.

What work needs to be carried out?

The work will include the construction of a large atrium over an external courtyard to the back of Footprints. This will create a wonderful spacious light and airy indoor play area for soft play, art and craft activities and music workshops. There will be a separate room in the extension to provide a  purpose built new sensory room specially designed by Rompa and equipped with an overhead electric hoist system which will be accessed from the indoor play room.

The extension will incorporate our external two bedded respite care suite into the main building and this will be completely refurbished to provide two bright and colourful holiday rooms with a specialist adjoining bathroom.

What is the breakdown of cost?

Construction work & decoration £86,000

VAT on construction £17,200

Sensory Room equipment £15,000

Overhead hoist system £5,000

Professional fees £6,800

The total cost is £130,000

Please help us make this wish a reality

Thank you!