Playgrounds for Disabled Children and Family Members

Accessible playgrounds and play equipment are beneficial to children with and without disabilities. These playgrounds are designed to provide fun and entertainment to all children. Wider pathways and specially designed play equipment, sensory enhancing play areas, and inclusive designs that allow all children to play together make these parks the perfect place to spend the afternoon. 

 

What is even more wonderful about disability friendly playgrounds in the UK is that they give parents and grandparents with mobility issues a chance to "play" with their children at the park. This can be a life-changing experience for the parents and the child when families can come together and play without worrying about restrictions. 

 

There are many inclusive and accessible parks located throughout the United Kingdom. Many older and well-known parks are redesigning to become more inclusive while most new parks are designed with accessibility in mind. Some of the more well-known parks that have accessible playgrounds in the U.K. include: 

 

 

  • Aldenham Country Park - Hertfordshire 

 

  • Colden Common - Winchester near Southampton 

 

  • Bournstream Play Area - Between Bristol and Gloucester 

 

  • Princess Diana Memorial Park - Kensington 

 

  • Limes Community Children Centre - Walthamstow 

 

  • Lay Allen Adventure Playground - Wandsworth Common 

 

  • Children's Trust - Tadworth 

 

There are many more disability friendly playgrounds in UK, including several throughout London and the West End that are designed to give anyone with a disability a chance to play. A great source for finding all of the accessible parks in the U.K. is the national charity: KIDS. 

 

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There is something almost magical about being able to go to the playground and play. Being "free" to move about and take in the sun and use your imagination is one of the most wonderful things about being a kid. Accessible playgrounds make this experience available to everyone. 

 

Many friendships are made on the playground, some of which last a lifetime. Children are more open to each other's differences when they are playing on the playground, and this acceptance that they learn is carried with them throughout life. It is a beautiful thing for all the children involved. 

 

If you have a chance to take your child to an accessible playground, whether they need special features or not, don't miss out on this opportunity. A day of play is always better than a day stuck in front of a screen. Let your child explore and enjoy their experience. 

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).