Special Hands have been working for some time in conjunction with Kells Swimming pool, Kells Municipal DistricT and Meath County Council to make our home town more accessible for all.
Gillian Philips Brown, one of our committee members, has worked tirelessly with Kells Swimming pool and Meath County Council to improve the mobility services in the swimming pool changing areas. There is now a track and Hoist, as well as a changing bed in the disability changing room. Gillian gives her time to inclusion Ireland on the Changing places project and she has already made a difference to the swimmers in Kells and surrounding areas. Great work Gillian & Co.
Recently Kells has been upgraded in the play area too. Alva Cullen, the chairperson of Special Hands, has been working along side various community groups to bring this fabulous new playground to Kells. The Playground is fully inclusive to all abilities and it includes a wheelchair Carousel, a Mobility Swing, Sensory toys and Musical Equipment. As part of the playground, two new wheelchair accessible parking spots have been installed beside the entrance and the paths have been lowered to accommodate wheelchair users.
Alva has also been advising Dunnes Stores on a new range of special needs clothing that will be launched in Ireland in Mid November.