Posted on: Tuesday 8 January 2019
Torfaen Play Service started 2019 by doing what they do best, offering free play and support sessions to children across Torfaen.
The New Year brought three days of new respite sessions for children with disabilities at Greenmeadow and St Dials Community Centre, with additional play sessions offered at Cwmbran stadium for all children aged 8 to 12 years.
44 children were registered for respite sessions, where there were a range of ages and abilities. The sessions focused on giving children an opportunity to play and interact with each other and engage in a range of experiences in a safe environment with 1 to 1 support. Play Volunteers were on hand to promote a fun and inclusive environment, and provide engaging activities for the children to participate in.
Cwmbran Stadium play sessions attracted more than 100 children each day, and focused on giving children the opportunity to play and burn off steam and get physically active across a wide range of activities which included; swimming, football, rounders, dodgeball and team games.
Executive Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Mandy Owen said, "It was a pleasure to visit both sites to see the smiles on the children's faces and how much they were getting out of the activities. I'm extremely impressed with the disability site, the support and the dedication from the volunteers and the workers to make sure each child attending had a fun time was inspiring."
Julian Davenne, Torfaen Play Service Manager added, "What a fantastic three days we had for children in Torfaen, the numbers excelled what was expected. I would like to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers who gave up their spare time to support the children, providing a safe staffed environment for the children to play in over the Christmas period.
We received lots of positive written and verbal feedback from parents and this opportunity wouldn't be possible without the dedication and commitment from the fantastic workers and volunteers. Well done all!"