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Surbiton residents in with chance of winning £25,000 to regenerate playground as voting opens

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Voting is now open for the Alexandra Park Community Group to win £25,000 in the Aviva Community Fund 2016.

The group, which is raising funds to regenerate the play area at Alexandra Recreation Ground in Tolworth, is in competition with numerous other groups in the area to be successful in their bid for funding. They have the aim of creating a vibrant, inclusive and distinctive community playground accessible to families with children of all ages, abilities and requirements.

 

The group has plans, if successful, to extend the playground with new adventure play equipment, make the playground more disabled-friendly and refurbish the current, tired play equipment and surfaces.

A member of the group said: “It is hoped the Alexandra Park Community Group can finally achieve these long-held plans to turn this popular but ageing playground into a a thriving community space where friends and family can meet regularly, and where child can play, learn and have fun.”

Vote at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-2732.

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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Award ceremony celebrates achievements of Kingston children with Special Educational Needs

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Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Kingston and Richmond have been given recognition for their accomplishments at an awards ceremony.

The awards run by Kingston and Richmond’s social enterprise Achieving for Children (AfC) took place at Clarendon School in Hampton on 20 January. The event is aimed at celebrating the achievements of local children and young people and their impact they have had in inspiring other children, young people and their families.

People from across the two boroughs were invited to nominate an individual or group of children and young people they felt had done something special under four different categories; ‘impact’, ‘inspiration’,‘personal achievement’ and ‘recognition’.

The AfC team received over 100 entries for judging. Nominations were judged by panels made up of a parent, professional and a young person. Twenty nominations were selected as outstanding by the panels.

Cllr Richard Hudson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children’s Social Care and Health at Kingston Council, said:

“Having an awards ceremony to recognise the hard work of these individuals is a fantastic idea and are a great way of helping those with special educational needs gain self-confidence. I am confident that they are hugely appreciated by those who receive an award.”

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