Our History

Our History

Our history begins with our inception in 1986 as Warrington Association for Special Children (WASC). From that time, to our current identity as Playability, our driving force has been to listen to our families, deliver what meets their needs and make sure that the children accessing the service have a fun time.

In 1986 a group of families realised that there was little or no support for children with severe learning disabilities, they brought their children together in a local community hall.  This gave them the chance to play and have fun in a safe environment and eventually created WASC. We quickly recognised that the formula for success was to actively involve the parents and carers of the children who needed the kind of service we offered in the delivery and growth of the service.  Through the commitment and drive of family members over the years, WASC developed from an informal group to a highly organised charity employing full time and part time staff.  The challenges of legislation such as the Children’s Act (1989) and the introduction and development of Ofsted were met and embraced.

Since the beginning of our history, we have grown to support around 80 families a year which means between WASC and Playability we have seen over 600 children.  During this time, we have introduced out of school clubs, swimming lessons (2011) and expanded to include Christmas playschemes (2015) in addition to our other playschemes.

We are now recognised as a key provider of short breaks for families of children with severe learning disabilities and other complex needs, when parents and carers can spend quality time either with other members of their family or simply take time out from their role as carers.

Our History
A brief history of Playability

Key History Dates


WASC is formed by a group of parents with the help of social workers. WASC also gained charitable status.


Appointed a separate chairperson, secretary and treasurer.

Tuesday Club

Tuesday Club opens, aimed at providing leisure activities for 12 to 19 year olds. Successfully obtained funding for the appointment of our first co-ordinator.

Disability Awareness Day

Attended the first Disability Awareness Day.


Playschemes are now inspected by Ofsted.

Administrator appointed

Appoint an administrator.


Introduced a swimming club – Splash.

Name Change

Changed name to Playability. Introduced a pilot project for Asperger’s children.

Christmas Playschemes

Introduced Christmas playschemes.


Highest annual membership.

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