Play camps are a summer-time success

Posted on: Tuesday 24 August 2021
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Nearly two thousand children have attended camps run by Torfaen Council's Play Service this summer.

Despite being unable to offer their usual popular schedule of play schemes due to the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 100 staff and 100 volunteers have run a range of camps throughout the school holidays.

They linked with primary schools to offer Learn, Laugh and Get Active Camps and Play and Wellbeing Camps, which focused on healthy eating, nutrition and physical activity.

They have also delivered daily Play in the Park sessions and a Play and Respite scheme for children with complex needs and disabilities from various community settings. These included activities like nature trails, healthy eating and nutrition sessions, games, sports and team activities.

Parent Sinead Lurvey said: "My son Jacob has thoroughly enjoyed attending the Well-Being Camp this summer and participating in a variety of activities. On behalf of Jacob and myself I'd like to thank all the Torfaen play team.

"They always greet the children with happy faces, engage with them and have fun whilst keeping active, they are true role models for them. It's much appreciated."

Kelly Longney added: "Once again my child thoroughly enjoyed the Laugh, Learn, Get Active Camp. Staff are amazing at supporting children with additional needs."

Volunteer Chloe Sodden said: "I have gained valuable experience and the chance to make a difference to children’s lives. It was an amazing opportunity being part of an amazing team." 

Bethan Hughes added: "I feel that I have gained much more confidence when speaking to adults thanks to the play camps. 

"I have learnt much more about looking after children and how important it is for children to play. I have really enjoyed my summer with the play service."  

Julian Davenne, Torfaen Council's Play Service manager, said: "Once again our staff and volunteers have provided hundreds of children with hours of fun activities that have allowed them to meet others and learn about health and nutrition. 

"I'd like to thank everyone who has worked or volunteered with the team, and the children, families and carers who have supported the sessions."

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