Posted on: Thursday 4 October 2018
More than 200 families are attending Torfaen Play Service 'Family and Play' sessions across the borough, with six sessions being delivered on a weekly basis.
Torfaen Family Play Sessions were set up as part of the Play Sufficiency Assessment which identifies the importance for families to find time to play together. The aim of the sessions are to provide a safe and welcoming environment for families to embrace play. With over 200 families now attending the sessions weekly, this has demonstrated a definite need for this type of provision in the community.
Parents and Carers have fed back that day times are often lonely when you are looking after young children. Family and Play sessions provide a focus and somewhere to go.
Sessions are supported by volunteers and are run in partnership with Noddfa Baptist Church, Coldbarn Farm, Fairhill Methodist Church, Garnsychan Partnership and Blaenavon Hwb.
Play Service Manager Julian Davenne, said, "We are very happy to be delivering family play sessions in the hearts of the communities, giving parents and carers the opportunity to play with the children in a safe environment and meet other parents and carers.
This would not be possible without the support of the Volunteers who play a large part of Torfaen Play and I would like to thanks them all for their commitment and support."
Torfaen Executive Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Mandy Owen said,"Within Torfaen we are very proud of our play service and what it achieves for children, families and communities as a whole. The new initiative "family play sessions" are outstanding and offer families the opportunity to play with their children in a safe environment, supported by trained volunteers and play workers. They are doing a fantastic job!"
For more information please contact the play team on 01495 742951 or visit the Family Play Sessions information page.