Fair Play Barnet History
IPOP began as a pilot scheme of Barnet Play Association in November 1994. We started because we found that no disabled children went to playschemes or after-school clubs in the London Borough of Barnet.
So, that Christmas we supported 3 children at one scheme.
The response was amazing.
Now Fair Play Barnet is 19 years old!
How we have grown!
Last year we provided over 34,000 hours of support to over 400 children and young people. And we continue to grow.
We discovered that disabled children and young people had difficulties attending music lessons and football clubs, so we have created this provision.
As our first children became older and their needs changed we found that they needed youth clubs to socialise. So, we worked with local partners and the Inclusive Youth Clubs project was created. Youth clubs now meet 4 times a week at different places around the Borough and organise holiday activities.
It's difficult going off on holiday without mum and dad so, last year we enabled over 60 young people to go on adventure holidays.
Parents of disabled children sometimes find it difficult to meet other parents in a similar situation. We now have a parent support programme where stories are exchanged, friendships are made and new skills learned.
To meet these needs our workforce has grown from just three to over 150. To ensure that all our staff are well trained we have developed a comprehensive training programme. Our training sessions are becoming an increasingly valued resource in the community attended by parents and other professionals. Last year over 900 training places were provided, with over a third being attended by non-FPB staff.
In April 2012 IPOP merged back with Barnet Play Association to form a new organisation called Fair Play Barnet. This new organisation is leading the charge for play across the London Borough of Barnet and is taking the lead on inclusion throughout the services in the borough.
We are also looking to grow as an organisation by furthering our reach into new areas. In 2012 we delivered services in Harrow and Barking & Dagenham, and are now on the preferred providers list for services in Enfield, and will be providing places for Enfield children on some of our activities this summer.