Access over inclusion

It’s not often that we love an article so much, we post it on our website, but this one from Amy Wagenfeld is too good to not share.  Inclusive design is “design that considers the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age and other forms of human difference.” Unlike accessible…

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Talk Play to Us

 We know that the most important part of our process is talking to communities before a design is even drawn. We want to know what the priorities are, the things needed and the great big ideas communities want included in the design of their playspaces. To make sure we are always listening, we survey a lot. The answers become reason…

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New hands help at Livvi’s Cafe Whiteman Edge

Livvi’s Cafe Whiteman Edge has been relocated to Kasanka Ave, near Livvi’s Place and will reopen mid July. The new operators are Andrew and Nikki Thomas, local residents who are passionate about good coffee and inclusive societies. Meet the Thomas family: “Having decided to build and subsequently moved to Whiteman Edge over 3 years ago…

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Funds flow for Warragamba

After almost three years of discussions, and ten years of petitioning by the community, Livvi’s Place Warragamba is one step closer to reality. For more information, the release from Angus Taylor’s office is below: On Saturday, The Federal Liberal Member for Hume, Angus Taylor, joined Wollondilly Mayor Simon Landow and the Touched by Olivia Foundation…

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Run with us or Support us in the NYC Marathon

Join our team and hit the streets of New York on November 6th in the most iconic marathon race in the world.  Click here to join our team. All monies raised will go directly towards helping Touched by Olivia  build a more inclusive Australia by growing its network of inclusive Livvi’s Place playspaces and the Livvi’s…

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Location decided for Livvi’s Place Taree

It was decided at last night’s Council Meeting that Fotheringham Park will be the site for Taree’s first inclusive play-space due to its accessibility and close proximity to facilities, amenities and transport.   Greater Taree City Council has partnered with the national charity, Touched by Olivia, to design, fundraise and construct the play-space and last…

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Livvi’s Place Merimbula is open for play!

The Perkins Family loaded up their station wagon and headed to the beautiful Sapphire Coast for the opening of Livvi’s Place Merimbula, our 19th inclusive playspace. Joined by the Bega Valley Shire Council team, Minister and all round legend Andrew Constance and our wonderful friends from the Rotary Club of Merimbula, speeches were shared, ribbon…

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Come play at Livvi’s Place Ballarat

After 4 years and over a million dollars, we joined Ballarat City Council to officially open Livvi’s Place Ballarat. This project was driven by an idea in the community that inclusion matters, and the result is breathtakingly beautiful.

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Will you run for fun?

Will you run for fun? Touched by Olivia is hosting a ‘Family Fun Run’ at Livvi’s Place, Five Dock, every Sunday, commencing on the 24th April at 4pm. This is a timed 2km and 4km run for all ages and all abilities, followed by a free BBQ and ice block. The cost is $5 per…

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Livvi’s Place Jindabyne Opened!

Livvi’s Place Jindabyne opened for all on Sunday 20th March. This exciting new inclusive  playspace is located at Banjo Paterson Reserve, Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne. Livvi’s Place Jindabyne is the result of a partnership with Snowy River Shire Council, in conjunction with national charity, Touched by Olivia Foundation, and is supported by the NSW Government. Touched by…

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Merimbula Opening Party 15th April, 2016

Come and play at the opening of the new Livvi’s Place at Ford Park, Merimbula at 11.30am for a BIG fancy dress party! To stay up to date, join our Friends of Livvi’s Place Merimbula group here.


Livvi’s Place set to make a splash at Jordan Springs

Touched by Olivia and Lendlease today joined the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith, and representatives from Penrith City Council to celebrate the start of construction of the newest inclusive playspace in Australia, Livvi’s Place at Jordan Springs. On completion, Livvi’s Place will be a state-of-the-art playground for people of all abilities to play side-by-side on the…

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Play money: Victorian Government backs Livvi’s Place

The Victorian Government has announced it will contribute $600,000 towards Hume City Council’s inclusive playspace at Craigieburn Park. Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the pledge was exciting news. “This is a real win for Craigieburn, and the generations of children who will love what is set to be called Livvi’s Place,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said. “The Victorian Government’s…

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All Kids Can Play Handball Challenge

Local primary schools around Sydney are participating the Handball Championships through November and December in celebration of i-day.

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Touched by Olivia’s vision is “Inclusion through Play”

We believe that great things are achieved through building an ecosystem of like minded people, that leverage each other’s ideas and efforts so that the sum of the parts is greater than what otherwise would have been achieved. Strategic partnerships are key to this vision, at all levels. By definition, strategic partnerships need to benefit…

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Do you want to work with us?

To compliment our work into creating a more inclusive society through inclusive playspaces, Touched by Olivia has developed the Livvi’s Cafe social enterprise business model.  The concept is: 1. Touched by Olivia is a national charity that ensures 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to projects. Every coffee sold at a Livvi’s Cafe =…

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Join in at Livvi’s Cafe Elara

“It starts with play and continues through to the work force…”   Brendon delivered a touching speech, short and sweet advocating for playspaces such as Livvi’s Place as the foundation for learning and growth. Today marked the official opening of Livvi’s Cafe, Elara with Stockland and TBO members present to celebrate with Brendon and Deb,…

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Inclusive play in Tel Aviv, Israel.

“In July, I represented Touched By Olivia at Beit Issie Shapiro’s 6th International Conference on Disability, in Tel Aviv, Israel. I gave a presentation on the benefits of inclusive public playgrounds and also gave some onsite feedback to Beit Issie Shapiro on their first inclusive playground. The conference was strongly focused on the creation of…

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Casey’s new inclusive playspace set to open!

The community is invited to join in the celebrations when the Deputy Mayor officially opens the highly-anticipated Livvi’s Place in Lyndhurst – the first inclusive playspace of its kind in south-east Victoria. Council has worked in partnership with the Touched by Olivia (TBO) Foundation to deliver the playspace, located at the Marriott Waters Recreation Reserve,…

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First Year Anniversary of Five Dock Livvi’s Cafe

We are delighted by the success of our first year of running Livvi’s cafe in Five Dock. The City of Canada Bay have continued to support our social enterprise.  Pop down for cup of tea or coffee today! Look out for our brand new play space re-opening in December 2015.

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We’re hiring

Thanks to our recent grant from the Stockland CARE Foundation, TBO is in the position to hire some much needed bodies to help us continue our work to build a more inclusive Australia. The two job descriptions are able to be downloaded by clicking on the link below.  MarketingandExecutiveAssistant ProjectManagerJobdescription We are also using a…

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And the winner is…

On Tuesday night we frocked up and headed to our nation’s capital for the ARIAs of the disability world: the National Disability Awards. Surrounded by inspiring organisations and individuals, we took our seats and nervously waited for our category “Inclusive and Accessible Communities” to be announced. It was a great shock and honour when Touched…

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Big Bands Play Date 6 Sept 2014

The Big Bands Play Date will feature 4 of Ballarat’s Brass and Concert bands playing family favourites from stage and screen including music from How to Train Your Dragon, The Smurfs, The Lion  King, Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mary Poppins, and many, many more.  Fresh from their successes at The Royal South Street and…

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An Open Letter

We were saddened  to find this letter pinned to the wall of Livvi’s Place Five Dock: THIS PARK IS FOR EVERYBODY It is wonderful that so many different people come to this park to enjoy the marvellous facilities. And it’s fenced! (I can’t even entertain the idea of taking my child to a park which…

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Accessing Accessible Amenities Survey

For some of us, the simple dignity of using the toilet can require detailed preparation and planning. Assistance is needed to build better, more inclusive places. Touched by Olivia was proud to work with some of Australia’s leading designers, architects, academics and advocates to create inclusiveplayspace.com, an online resource and set of principles available for anyone looking to develop an…

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I CAN Play Day 9 August 2014

We’ve been recognised by Commonwealth Bank with a community grant to build a prototype CAN chat/ communication board for Pia’s Place #CBACommGrant. So come and help us celebrate the presentation of a $10,000 cheque with a family fun day at Whiteman Park. Nature Play Solutions will be providing loose materials to play with. There will…

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Playing with Auburn Public School

On Friday 25 July, Touched by Olivia was delighted to be part of the celebrations as the students, teachers and friends of Auburn Public School opened their inclusive playspace. Driven by two passionate teachers, Kathleen Hansell and Naomi Bonus, this project took 4 years. The results show that the project was worth the wait. Two…

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Come Play Survey

Touched by Olivia surveyed over 400 families across Australia to find out how they play and prepared this report to share the results. Our thanks to Children with Disability Australia, Break Thru People Solutions and Autism Awareness Australia for their promotion. click here for link to PDF

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Livvi’s Cafe now serving in Five Dock

LIVVI’S CAFE OPENS: On Friday 11 July 2014, Touched by Olivia opened it’s first social enterprise cafe at Livvi’s Place Five Dock, located on Henley Marine Drive. With major sponsor Stockland and City of Canada Bay on hand to show their support, hundreds of people lined up for coffee, cakes and paninis. Here is some of…

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Gourmet Trivia 8 August 2014

August 8th at 7.30pm in the function room at Jackson&Co, Ballarat. Tickets: https://gourmettrivia.eventbrite.com.au/ $50 pp or discount for table of 10 All proceeds will go directly to funding accessible play equipment for Livvi’s Place Ballarat. In some ways it will resemble a traditional trivia night with tables working as teams, silent auctions, etc. However, this will…

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Stockland Forster joins the TBO Family

STOCKLAND JOINS TBO FAMILY: In May, Stockland Forster officially opened their new playspace, developed in partnership with Touched by Olivia and designed by the wonderful Ric McConaghy. Touched by Olivia and Stockland have the shared values of an inclusive community and are looking forward to opening many more inclusive playspaces as part of their friendship…

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Flying Fox Friday – 16 May 2014

Ballarat Primary Schools are raising funds for the Flying Fox in Livvi’s Place. On Flying Fox Friday Dress-up Day, students will dress up in pink, blue and yellow representing the colours of the Touched by Olivia Foundation who work with councils to develop inclusive play spaces across Australia. Last week, Pleasant Street Primary in Ballarat…

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Family Funday 18 May 2014

Come and join us to celebrate the role that families play in building strong communities to celebrate National Families Week Sunday 18 May 11.00am-2.00pm Livvi’s Place @ Yamble Reserve Quarry Rd, Ryde • Stalls from local businesses • Free entertainment • Kids activities • BYO picnic In partnership with Children with Disability Australia and Families Australia

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Lift off for Livvi’s Place Penrith

National charity Touched by Olivia kicked off their fundraising drive to build their first inclusive playspace in Western Sydney today, accepting a $38,000 cheque on the future site. Livvi’s Place is part of Touched by Olivia’s national strategy to work with communities across the country to create inclusive playspaces. Livvi’s Place Jordan Springs is a…

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Drive In Movie Night – 3 May 2014

  Saturday 3rd May 2014 – Drive In Movie Night Supporting Livvi’s Place Penrith There are still lots of tickets available to Come Play With Us at a very special screening of The Lego Movie – help us to raise funds & awareness for our first inclusive playspace in Western Sydney – Livvi’s Place Jordan Springs….

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Luke’s Place Opens

On March 28, 2014, we celebrated the opening of Luke’s Place, the first inclusive play space in the Illawarra to join Touched by Olivia Foundation’s Livvi’s Place National Network of Inclusive Play Spaces. Watch this video of Luke’s Place Opening     Luke’s Place began with a simple dream: To live in an inclusive community, where my…

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You are invited to celebrate the opening of the first Victorian playspace in the Livvi’s Place National Network. We are very proud to share this special day with you, the realisation of over 2 years of dreaming and planning to create a special place where all of the community can reconnect, play and enjoy the…

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Our newest inclusive playground, Livvi’s Place Ryde, has had the first sod officially turned by Henry Perkins, assisted by the City of Ryde Mayor, Artin Etmekdjian, Federal MP John Alexander and Touched by Olivia’s founding Director John Perkins. A fun morning tea was hosted by City of Ryde and Touched by Olivia at Yamble Reserve,…

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Brimbank City Council launched an innovative project that will see Brimbank’s firs inclusive playground built in the heart of St Albans, were people of all ages and abilities can gather and play. Concept plans for the playground, to be built early 2013, were unveiled at a special launch celebration held onsite at Errington Reserve, Main…

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REPLAY: Play Day

Wednesday 12 June 2013 from 10am – 12pm | Livvi’s Place Ryde: Quarry Road, Ryde Join us for a morning tea to celebrate play in the community. There’ll be yummy things to eat and playful things to do. We’re lucky to also be featuring a special performance from our ambassador, Jay Laga’aia, who will play…

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Earlier this week, we launched our new strategy. While the message remains the same (inclusion through play), we have spread our program reach to include a five school inclusive playspace pilot project. To review the strategy, please click here.  We would love your feedback and of course, we are always looking for assistance. So, how you…

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The Touched by Olivia Foundation has teamed up with with Wollongong City Council in order to bring the first Inclusive Playground to the Illawarra. This playground, to be built at Corrimal Memorial Park, will be a place for ALL of our children, regardless of ability, to play alongside one another safely. Our children will swing,…

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Ella at Livvis Place Ryde


Sunday 3 February 2013 10.00am – 2.00pm Yamble Reserve, Quarry Road, Ryde ‘Livvi’s Place at Yamble Reserve’ is an all-inclusive playground for children of all abilities to play, learn and socialise together. This inspiring project has been a year in the planning and shows that great things can be achieved when the whole community pulls…

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Boundless Canberra is pleased to announce that this week it has formalised its partnership with the Touched by Olivia Foundation. “The Touched by Olivia Foundation is a guiding light in Australia in terms of development of inclusive playgrounds,” Boundless Canberra Chair, Ross Barrett praised. Touched by Olivia (TBO) has already built four inclusive playgrounds, known…

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Touched by Olivia Foundation is proud to announce that we’ll start building our first inclusive playground in Victoria in early 2013, allowing children, parents and community members of all abilities and ages to play side-by-side. Unlike normal playgrounds, the award winning TBO network of inclusive playgrounds cater forvision, hearing and mobility impairments as well as spectrum disorders…

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Today, the director of a social business focused on changing how we conduct business in the 21st century, pledged $25,000 for a playground designed for children of all abilities to play together. Renata Cooper, a social entrepreneur and businesswoman, started Forming Circles in 2011 to share her knowledge and good fortune from smart investments. As a long…

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A children’s charity focused on creating inclusive community playgrounds announced the latest project will be in the Illawarra, after Wollongong City Council donated $125,000 of its playground upgrade funding to the project. Corrimal Memorial Park will be the home of Touched by Olivia Foundation’s next playground, and part of a national strategy to create inclusive…

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Touched by Olivia Foundation has run on the physical and financial support of you, our friends and network. While we are up to our elbows in wrapping paper and packing for holidays, it’s time to send you some gratitude and reflect on how your support has helped make our dreams for 2011 come true. Since…

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The sun shone all day Saturday as we hosted the national event for International Day of People with Disability, “Playability” on our flagship inclusive playground, Livvi’s Place at Five Dock. Visitors were treated to a free day of fun thanks to our sponsors, Endeavour Foundation, Warwick Williams Real Estate, Canada Bay Club, FAHCSIA and City…

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Touched by Olivia Foundation was honoured today with the World Leisure Innovation Award for developing a framework for inclusive playgrounds and advocating that play is for everyone in Australia. Founding Director John Perkins was thrilled to finish the week with the announcement. “We received some great news. Overnight we have been informed that we have…

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Touched by Olivia Foundation was recognised for our contribution to the disability sector with a nomination for the National Disability Awards in the category of  “Inclusive and Accessible Communities”. This recognises the work by developers, builders and others in the building sector to create accessible buildings or facilities for people with disability. The winners will…

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