Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


Madley Park is a growing community of 1200 homes in Witney, Oxfordshire. Our children and young people are in desperate need of fun, inclusive play areas. The existing play equipment is for under 12s only and is now in need of repair. There is only one piece of equipment specifically for our population of young people aged 12+ and we believe giving this age group a safe, inspiring place to meet is vital for our community.

The lack of play provision for older children was highlighted initially by local residents including parents and children and young people. In response to this, the Residents Association has worked with our young people, the police, West Oxfordshire District Council and with the support of Oxfordshire Playing Fields Association (OPFA) and Witney based youth organisation Base 33 to create exciting plans that the whole community is behind.

An AVIVA Community Fund award of £10,000 would be used to fund a zip wire as part of a dedicated space for our young people. The space would also include a multi- use games area, youth shelter, and skateboard/scooter area. The community, including our children are busy fundraising for the other pieces of equipment. Children are running stalls at our Community Fun Day and Christmas Fete, parents are taking part in a mud run as well as boot camps and first aid courses.

We believe our community will benefit greatly through this project and many people will use the new equipment. We have a higher than average number of children and young people on our estate. Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows the percentage of the population who are 0-15 year on Madley Park and its immediate surrounds, is 29.1%. This is significantly above the UK average of 19.1%. (Source-Midyear estimates ONS 2015). Additionally, the number of children aged 0-14 in West Oxfordshire is forecast to grow by 8% in the next 10 years.

There are currently around 1250 children and young people on Madley Park.
There is a secondary school Wood Green, immediately behind the playing field which is attended by 1000+ children. As well as two primary schools attended by 400+ children; Madley Brook Primary and Springfield, a special needs school at the heart of our community.

The area will become a focal and meeting point for families in the community providing peer support and stronger links between members of the community. It will also provide a meeting place for local groups such as Brownies, exercise groups and a space for detached youth work for organisations such as Base 33 to meet with our young people and engage them in wholesome activities.

Join with our community and vote for this project because an AVIVA Community Fund award will enable us to:
1. provide an inclusive play space for young people who live and come to school on Madley Park, enabling them to feel safe and confident while having fun
2. encourage young people to enjoy outdoor play through exciting and appropriate play equipment within walking distance from their homes
3. create a space where young people can play and develop friendships with others in their community
4. develop greater integration and valuing of our younger people into our community by providing them with a dedicated space to enjoy
5. reduce anti-social behaviours where brought about by a lack of adequate facilities.

Project Video

Madley Park Residents Association

Moment of Pride

We’re proudly creating a new focal point for our community; a fun, inclusive play area catering to the differing abilities of our diverse community. Children and parents have come together to design and fundraise for the play areas. We’re a stronger, closer community already because of this project.

Location: Madley Park, Witney, United Kingdom