New swing helps disabled children play in the park

People, Health and Care
10:55, Tuesday, 27th October 2020

Girl in wheelchair laughing as she uses an access swing in a playpark

Disabled children in North Lincolnshire can now play alongside their friends thanks to a new swing just for wheelchairs.

The Access Swing is for children of all ages and has been installed by North Lincolnshire Council staff in Somervell Park off Grange Lane Road South in Scunthorpe.

The swing is accessible with a RADAR key, which opens the safety barriers to let children who use wheelchairs and their carers inside.

Lorna Fillingham, whose daughter Emily-May Spence is a wheelchair user, has worked with the council to get the swing installed.

“As a family we have struggled to access the same play opportunities for my disabled daughter that are readily available for my able bodied son and this has meant that trips to the park have been cut short for us all.

“At the end of the day disabled kids want to play too, and they like to be able to play alongside their friends and family.

“The addition of a wheelchair swing in Somervell Road playpark means that local disabled children can now participate in play, and not be just observers.”

Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Cllr Rob Waltham, said the swing was a welcome addition to the area.

“North Lincolnshire Council is committed to ensuring our communities are safe and connected and this is a great example of us working with the community to provide a fantastic new addition to the park.”