Personal Grant winner

Maxine Kinchin

OneFamily customer Maxine, applied for a £500 Personal Grant to transform an area of her garden into a sensory play area for her son, Dan.

Dan has autism and relies on being able to play outside in the garden as a way of burning off excess energy. However, when the weather is bad during the winter months, the garden can become slippery and Dan has fallen and hurt himself on several occasions.

Maxine didn’t have the funds to complete the project herself so applied for a Personal Grant to kick-start the transformation. With the funding, Maxine has been able to lay down all-weather surfacing, which is also non-slip, and create a place for Dan to enjoy safely while outside.

“Being outdoors is vital for Dan’s wellbeing. As a teenager, it’s fantastic that he can have his own space outside the house where he’s able to take time-out away from the family home.”

Maxine Kinchin, OneFamily customer

Active play is an important part of family life for Dan so the new all-weather surfacing will encourage him to play without boundaries and cope better with his condition.

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