Inclusivity

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Description

Nestled on the edge of a Cornish moor, near Liskeard, I Love Nature provides outdoor activities and experiences for all members of the local and wider community. While we recognise that being in nature provides opportunities for health and well-being, social cohesion, creativity, learning and play, access to nature should be for everyone. But to achieve this, we need your help.

As a Community Interest Company, our ambition is to provide access to nature for all people. Being inclusive on an 11-acre site, surrounded by moorland, in an ex-mining area where the landscape is magical, but wonky, means access isn’t easy. So far, we’ve converted a dilapidated barn into an accessible classroom and have started to create accessible pathways into our small woodland copse. However, based on user feedback, we want to extend access around our site to include our fire pit area, animal areas, wildlife pond and more of our woodland. More importantly, child, adult, young or old, disabled or mobility impaired, should be able to have the dignity to do the things that are so readily available to others. So, in addition to accessible routes around the site, we also wish to build an accessible, composting toilet block with changing facility.

We have an old tractor shed which needs dismantling and we intend to construct a changing toilet in its place and create parking nearby. We will build most of it ourselves and commit our time for free, enlisting professionals for the structural work, and working with local volunteers to add those final, creative touches. We would like the building to have as many eco-credentials as possible, hence composting toilets, hydraulic changing bed and hoist, baby-changing unit, urine soakaway and reed bed, solar lighting, and storage for a couple of all-terrain wheelchairs (a future ambition). We would like it to be different, quirky, friendly, not your ‘usual’ toilet block. We don’t do usual. We do peculiar and upcycled, but fit for purpose. We would like users, disabled and non-disabled, to feel the building welcomes them, both practically, but with charm. Perhaps you have some ideas?

Your support will enable disabled people all over east Cornwall and Plymouth to enjoy nature-based activities and experiences, while maintaining their dignity and having access to facilities that could make all the difference. This funding will fully cover the installation of the toilet/changing facility and the accessible routes around the site. It will be completed in 2018 and its construction will be supported by volunteers. As we are working alongside large organisations supporting disabled people, we envisage a growing usage for this facility for many years to come. But don’t take just our word for it:

“We have had some amazing days at I love nature! However, having a permanent changing place facility and easier access to some of the more remote parts of the site would provide the experience for a broader range of families and activities.” Lynsey Robinson – The Sensory Trust

“As an organisation which supports adults with learning disabilities, Yourway, attends events at I Love Nature on a regular basis. However, our customers would greatly benefit from having greater accessibility around the site.” Richard Price – Yourway

“I Love Nature have had a massive impact on our young people by encouraging new ways to make and create with our imaginations. All of our young people said they would like to go back.” Hannah Prior – Action for Children

“Adam is 11 and cannot stand or walk at all. He enjoys being with friends, camp fires, exploring the countryside, going in rivers, swinging, spinning and making his mum worry! For Adam, any place which does not have a changing places toilet might as well have a big sign saying that he is not welcome. And he hurts.” Rachel George – Parent

Project Video

I Love Nature CIC

When all our visitors leave with big smiles, dirty fingernails, scuffed shoes, full bellies, and heads full of adventure and hearts full of warmth, we know they have experienced the best of I Love Nature. Being inclusive is not an add-on; it underpins everything we do and say.

Location: Upton Cross