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Sensory playground to be created at specialist school near security firm headquarters

Securitas Technology is set to lead the creation of a sensory playground at a school for children with additional needs in Milton Keynes.

Securitas Technology, an amalgamation of Securitas Electronic Security and STANLEY Security, will send 25 employees to create the outside space at The Walnuts School, which supports children and young people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or a Social Communication difficulty.

The community sustainability initiative will be overseen by Fusion Initiatives and Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, on April 12 and 13.

The school has 180 students between the ages of four and 19, and Headteacher Lisa Munro said the new sensory playground will make a big difference.

She said: “The children and young people at our Hazeley site will be overjoyed to have the playground developed.

“This has been raised by our young people in surveys and the school council, but our budget has not been in a position to do these works.

“For a school for young people with Autism, access to outdoor areas is vital. This will help young people regulate their emotions, learn to interact with each other and have fun, improving their educational experience.

“We’d like to thank all involved at Securitas Technology for making this happen and making a difference to our students’ learning experience.”

The school is nine miles from Securitas’ UK head office in Wavendon, Milton Keynes.

Securitas COO for Central Europe Shaun Kennedy said: “There are so many positives to undertaking this project and they all centre around people, who are at the heart of what we do at work and in our wider communities.

“The end result will impact the lives of many children for years to come and in the process of its creation, those of the people taking part, who will get to experience something really quite special.”

“Unforgettable experience”

The project will be overseen by a team from Fusion Initiatives, which works with businesses, charities and academic institutions to provide leadership and development, high performance coaching and team building with a focus on corporate social responsibility.

Representatives from official charity sponsor Wooden Spoon will also be involved in the build.

The charity funds life-changing projects across the UK and Ireland to support vulnerable children and young people.

CEO of Fusion Initiatives James O’Malley said: “This will be an unforgettable experience for the Securitas Technology employees taking part.

“Firstly, they will meet the school and learn what the project will mean to them. Then, in teams, they will be tasked with planning and delivering the project from start to finish.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing how they work together to bring the playground to life.”

Sarah Webb, CEO at Wooden Spoon, added: “We are hugely grateful to our corporate supporter Securitas Technology, whose donation has made it possible for Wooden Spoon to provide funding to build a sensory outdoor space for children with additional needs at The Walnuts School.

“This build is set to be a very rewarding and unique experience for the team at Securitas Technology as they bring the sensory outdoor space to life and can see first-hand the difference they are making to the lives of the children.”

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