Alice Moore and Helen Lynch are awarded the Ann Beckett Award 2021/2022

Alice Moore, Dr. Helen Lynch, Padraig Mallon and Kate Jarvey pictured on the lawn outside Crann on a sunny day
Alice Moore, Dr. Helen Lynch, Padraig Mallon and Kate Jarvey pictured at the launch of the build of Crann's Fully Accessible Playground & Leisure Area

Alice Moore and Helen Lynch of University College Cork’s (UCC) Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy have been awarded the Ann Beckett Award for their project “Crann Inclusive Playground Project; Design by Inclusion, Inclusion by Design” based on their work on the Fully Accessible Playground & Leisure Area at The Crann Centre.

We at Crann are thrilled that their expertise and understanding has been acknowledged by this prestigious award from the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI). 

Alice and Helen applied their deep knowledge of play to the development of the playground and leisure area at Crann and were instrumental in engaging with families with neuro-physical disabilities who use Crann’s services to identify their wants and needs in a risky play space that is inclusive, has a diverse range of experiences, can facilitate programme expansion at Crann and is above all else, filled with fun.

According to the AOTI, the Ann Beckett Award is given to Occupational Therapists who “through their work, demonstrate the core principles of Occupational Therapy in practice. The Committee look for practical projects which showcase active engagement in meaningful activity, and demonstrate creative ideas which involve clients and inspire colleagues”.

“Alice and Helen’s expert guidance has been key to the success of the project”, Padraig Mallon, Chief Executive at The Crann Centre, said of the award.

“Alice and Helen’s commitment to the initial survey, the design process and engaging with children and families, the play equipment suppliers, our builders and volunteers has ensured that the playground and leisure space will be a wonderful resource for children, adults and families living with neuro-physical disabilities.

We are delighted that Alice and Helen’s commitment has been recognised by their peers, it is richly deserved.”

The Fully Accessible Playground & Leisure Area at Crann is due to open this summer.

Alice Moore is currently completing her PhD at UCC and Dr. Helen Lynch is her supervisor.

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