Paul’s Place in Bristol provides day facilities for adults with physical, sensory and cognitive impairments. It’s filled with fun and laughter and runs an expanding programme of support for people who need care in their homes, and for their carers.
But what they really wanted was a set of games that everyone could enjoy; traditional board games with their fiddly little pieces are just no good for some users. So they turned to Remap Bristol for help. The charity fills the gap where no suitable equipment is available commercially. Its skilled volunteers design and make gadgets and equipment for individuals and groups, free of charge.
Remap volunteers Clive Brett and Bill Parsons went to visit Paul’s Place to have a chat and think about how to make classic board games accessible to everyone. Before long, they got to work making wall-sized versions of both Scrabble and Rummikub for the day centre using high tech 3D printing.
As the pictures show, the games have been popular because they make it so much easier to participate. “It’s really easy to see the tiles, especially compared to a normal Scrabble board!” said Dean. “As a visually impaired person, the tiles are really easy to feel and use!” added Andy. While Lisa is a fan of the alternative game: “I really love the Rummikub board! It is so much easier than playing on the table.”
Now anyone can challenge their friend to a game, regardless of physical, sensory or cognitive disability. Everything provided by Remap is free of charge. The charity aims to help people achieve independence and quality of life, filling the gap where no suitable equipment is available commercially.
What challenge do you have for Remap?
Whether you need a piece of equipment that isn’t on the market, or need to have something adapted, Remap can help. Remap volunteers can design and custom-make equipment for your specific needs. The service is available to disabled people of all ages, free of charge and you can request our help directly.