Posted on: Wednesday 28 August 2019
Last week (23/08/2019) more than 300 Torfaen Play Service staff attended Victory Church in Cwmbran to celebrate what has been the busiest year ever for playschemes.
The Playscheme awards were hosted by Torfaen Play officers Julian Davenne and Andrea Sysum, where 187 volunteers and 119 paid workers all received recognition for the outstanding work they do at sites across Torfaen and neighbouring authorities.
Individual awards were also presented to those who went above and beyond their role.
Play Service volunteers provided an astonishing 25,245 hours of volunteering this summer, with each individual completing qualifications in both safeguarding and playwork. Each volunteer also signed up to the 'Volunteering Matters' program, receiving an accreditation in the process.
Torfaen Council Leader, Cllr Anthony Hunt presented an award for 'Best Torfaen Site' to playscheme staff at New Inn Primary, who were pitted against 37 other sites.
Elected members, Town and Community Councillors and partners also presented awards for:
- Best Newcomers - Dan Cox and Jamie Preston
- Best Site Supervisor - Kelly Sutherland
- Personal and Professional Development – Abi Dickens and Macauley Marsh
- Volunteer of the year (The Terry Jones Award) – Laura Powell
- Best School Holiday Enrichment Program Site ( SHEP) – Garnteg Primary
- Best Planned Activity Day – Blenheim Primary, Overmonnow Primary, Garnteg Primary
- Best Blaenau Gwent & Merthyr Tydfil Site – Deighton Playing Fields – Tredegar
- Best Monmouthshire Site – Thornwell Primary Food and Friendship Camp
- Volunteer 1-1 Buddy’s
- Play Helpers
- Epilepsy, First Aid and Food Hygiene
- Outstanding Playwork Practice
- The Cynthia Beynon Inclusion Awards
A special recognition was made to the hard work that had gone into the planning and delivery of playschemes across Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil.
A fond farewell was also given to Chris Killick who has worked on playschemes for the past 10 years, since volunteering at age 16. Chris has recently secured a role with Torfaen Social services.
Executive Member for Children, Families & Communities, Cllr Mandy Owen said, "Every child has a right to play and this wouldn't be possible without the hard work play workers and volunteers put in, giving up their time to support children in our communities.
I am really pleased that the sites have provided free meals and snacks, tackling holiday hunger. The playscheme gets better and better year after year, but it wouldn't be possible without the dedication of our fabulous play team."
Play Service Manager, Julian Davenne said, "We have been blown away by the registration figures this summer. Cwmbran Stadium alone had over 300 children registered. It's brilliant how partners have come together to support every child's right to play.
In addition, we have also worked with partners to provide free food on all playschemes this summer to tackle the concept of holiday hunger."
Applications for volunteering with Torfaen Playschemes will re-open January 2020, for more information please visit the Torfaen website or call 01495 742951.