Livvi’s Place Taree is part of a national network of inclusive play-spaces and the preferred site is centrally located in Fotheringham Park, where there is ample riverside parking, public transport, food nearby, a foreshore walk and lots of other things to do. This will be a special place where differences are accepted and everyone is invited to play side by side, enjoying the benefits of belonging and being an active part of the community. What makes this project even better is the play-space will be designed in partnership with our local community.

Touched by Olivia has already created 16 inclusive play-spaces across Australia and have a mission to make sure every child is included in every community. A ‘Livvi’s Place’ in Taree will be a place for families with children of all ages, stages and abilities to meet, socialise, connect with their community and make new friendships in a safe and play-filled environment.

To fund the play-space, we have allocated $150,000 and will look to secure additional grant funding and volunteers from Touched by Olivia will work with our local community to fundraise additional money towards the project.

Children with disabilities and their families are often sidelined in a typical play environment and this play-space will be designed by the community and Touched by Olivia to ensure that no one is left out in Taree.

Touched by Olivia

In 2006, John and Justine Perkins, lost their baby daughter, Olivia, at just 8 months old, to a rare disease. In the darkest grief parents could experience, the Perkins felt compelled to transform their tragedy into a positive for others and create a lasting legacy in their daughter’s memory. Six weeks later, Touched by Olivia Foundation was created.

During Olivia’s sickness, the Perkins realised the blunt reality that many children, including children with disabilities, are not afforded a basic human right—the opportunity to play. They decided that the very cornerstone of Olivia’s legacy must be born out of play for all, where everyone would belong, regardless of difference. It was clear to the Perkins that the perfect environment to fulfill their dream and be true to Olivia’s memory, was through the creation of inclusive playspaces, called Livvi’s Places.

Did you know:

- 1 in 100 children are on the Autism Spectrum
- 25% of Australian children are overweight
- 1 in 5 Australians have a disability
- Play is the foundation of our social skills

The Touched by Olivia Family works hard to ensure that government, corporate and communities collaborate together to create inclusive playspaces.

In less than 10 years, Touched by Olivia has spread its wings and opened 19 Livvi’s Places across Australia. These playspaces are underpinned by the principles of universal design and reinforce the basic right that every child needs to play. Many more playspaces are planned to help Touched by Olivia reach its ultimate goal – to become redundant. This will happen when every playspace in Australia considers the needs of all people.

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