Usually, when people are asked to support a project it means they are being asked for money – but not this time. Five Counties Children’s Centre (FCCC) has a property in Cobourg at 800 Division Street that has a large “backyard” which would be great if kids in their program could use it but they cannot. They say that: “There are safety and accessibility issues from a nearby drainage ditch [South boundary] and traffic from an adjacent driveway and parking lot. The vision is to put up fencing and install an accessible playground, sensory play equipment, accessible garden area, gazebo, storage space and eventually a track.” But all that will cost $255K. They have so far raised 40% of that and have applied for a grant from Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group for $50K but there needs to be an indication of community support. This usually means “how many dollars has the community contributed so far?” but this time non-monetary support is wanted.
The investment is well worth it, as demonstrated by a similar Backyard Project completed approximately two years ago at the Five Counties site in Peterborough.
“As we’ve seen in Peterborough, the proposed accessible playground and natural enhancements to the outdoor space at our Northumberland site will have countless benefits to the children and youth who receive therapy services at the centre, as well as other families and community members across the county,” (FCCC CEO Scott) Pepin notes. “Once realized, the Northumberland Backyard Project would be a space which offers inclusion by natural design, creating a place for children with and without disabilities to play easily and build friendships.”
You can show support here: FCCC Accessible Safe Backyard Green Space – Deadline is November 15. Add a story, or a comment or add a photo or share on Facebook.
I’d guess that financial support would also be welcome but first your words of support are wanted.
Five Counties Children’s Centre helps children with physical, communication and developmental needs. We work with children and adolescents, along with their families and the community, to strengthen their abilities and promote their participation as active members of the community.
Anyone can ask them for help for their child and most programs are free.
Five Counties operates in five locations (Campbellford, Cobourg, Haliburton County /Minden, Lindsay, Peterborough) but I only count 4 counties!
Below is a Google satellite image of the property.