Posted on: Tuesday 6 November 2018
More than 300 children attended Torfaen playschemes over the half term period, with over 80 trained volunteers giving up their time to support the scheme. Over 60 children attended who required 1-1 support allowing them to play with their non-disabled peers.
Working in partnership with Torfaen Sports Development and Menter Iaith, Torfaen Play organised a range of engaging activities which included arts and crafts, pumpkin carving, Halloween games and sporting activities. Torfaen Leisure Trust supported the week through their swimming initiative, allowing children from Blaenavon to access free transport and a free swim at Fairwater leisure centre. The swimming initiative was also support by Blaenavon Town Council
All children who engaged in the playscheme also participated in the “Daily Mile” which encouraged children and young people to get active. In addition to this, free healthy snacks were provided on all provisions.
Executive Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Mandy Owen said:
"It is fantastic that we can offer safe places for children to play when they are not in school. Parents and carers feel happy to know that their children are in a safe environment and able to meet up with their friends and have fun. Well done once again to the Play service."
Play Service Manager Julian Davenne added, "The playschemes provide a wealth of benefits to children and young people as well as the community as a whole. We are always thankful for the number of young people who give up their free time to volunteer and make a positive contribution to their community."