Magical new world pops up at Together Trust

The new play area at the Together Trust
The new play area at the Together Trust

Together Trust Inscape House School in Stockport has teamed up with charity Merlin’s Magic Wand to build a magical new playground.

Merlin’s Magic Wand joined forces with Sea Life Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester to redevelop the area at the charity in Cheadle.

The £25,000 project has seen the whole area covered with artificial grass so pupils can play safely in an engaging environment.

Sea Life banners display a variety of friendly sea creatures to decorate the area, adding lots of colour to aid the pupils’ visual engagement, and to support creative play, the playground has been filled with the famous soft Lego Duplo bricks.

Children will be able to discover lots of sounds with the four music play panels that have been installed to spark sensory development.

Sea Life and Legoland have also donated a new trampoline, rope and log course, and swing, which will be invaluable for the development of the students’ motor skills.

The Together Trust Inscape House School provides support and education for children and young people, aged five-19, with autism.

Anne Price, headteacher at Inscape House School, said: “Our playground was really quite dull, we were in desperate need of a space where our pupils can enjoy activities and equipment, which are suitable for children with autism spectrum conditions (ASCs), who have sensory integration, sensory processing and motor challenges.

“When Merlin’s Magic Wand charity said they would help us, we were overjoyed.”

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The new area has musical instruments


Anne added: “The renovated area is a fantastic resource, which accommodates the sensory needs of our young people.

“Having a safe, engaging area that the children can use, will enhance their learning and development in such a positive way.  I would like to thank everyone at Merlin who has helped to put this project together.”

Merlin’s Magical Wand is a worldwide charity for children that arranges magical days out at Merlin Entertainments attractions, such as Legoland Resorts and Sea Life Centres.

They believe in putting the magic back into the lives of seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged children.