WHAT IS A LIVVI’S PLACE?
Livvi’s Place is an inclusive playspace where we can all play together.
Livvi’s Place playspaces lead the way in promoting inclusive play and ensure all children, their families, friends and the wider community can play, learn and live together.
Community-led in design, we talk and listen to children, youth, families, and all who want to play in a local community to create intergenerational, bespoke playspaces that are owned and loved by all. They become thriving family and community destinations where all are welcome, included, and feel they belong.
Our Inclusive Play team works to a unique model based on partnership, bringing together communities, government, and corporate Australia to deliver community spaces that change the way our society plays.
Through extensive research, advocacy, and guidelines based on the Universal Design Principles, we assist communities to create playspaces where we can all participate and break down the barriers to social inclusion through play.
Touched by Olivia successfully partners with local governments and developers to deliver Livvi’s Place playspaces nationally. Together, they form the sought-after and relied upon National Network of Livvi’s Place inclusive playspaces.
We also work in advocacy and collaboration with playmakers to champion inclusive play and achieve our dream of an inclusive playspace in every local community in Australia. In 2018 Touched by Olivia contributed to the NSW Government’s Everyone Can Play guidelines, created to ensure all playspaces are inclusive for all people, regardless of age and ability.
WHY DO WE NEED INCLUSIVE PLAYSPACES?
The importance of play
Play is the right of every child. Play is children’s work. It’s the way they learn, make sense of themselves, their relationships with others and their world. Play is fundamental in the development of children and is a basic human right for all children to be able to play. Many children in Australia don’t have this opportunity because their local playspace is built without considering what is required for them to be able to play.
An inclusive playspace is where children engage with the natural world around them in the context of community. An inclusive playspace provides space, time and opportunity to meet others and make friends. By playing together we are building community, making connections to community and healthy living choices and creating a more inclusive society through play.
Access ≠ Inclusion
A truly inclusive playspace goes well beyond access.
An inclusive playspace is where we all want to go, where everyone can participate, we all are welcome and feel we belong.
Bespoke, universal, inclusive design = INCLUSION
We challenge and change the way we use, design and build public spaces.