Posted on: Thursday 23 December 2021
The Play Service has been busy over the festive season providing fun filled activities to families in Torfaen.
More than 300 children were able to take part in a series of Play and Wellbeing Camps in local schools, allowing them to get active, get creative and have fun supporting and encouraging positive wellbeing.
Dawn James, who's 10-year-old son Daniel attended the camps, said "Daniel really enjoys coming along to these sessions. Having attended all summer and now for Christmas, he really has lots of fun and gets the chance to make new friends.
"He loves being active and creative and enjoys taking part in all the activities, especially football and craft. The staff are awesome and provide an excellent service."
More than 50 children with a wide range of disabilities and complex behaviours also took part in the fun festive activities at additional Play and Respite Sessions.
All sessions were supported by more than 30 Play Service Volunteers, where they planned and delivered activities to enhance children’s wellbeing through play.
In addition, the successful Gnome Around Torfaen, which was introduced in the summer, took a festive twist this December, with over 1000 gnomes handed out to people of all ages to paint and decorate.
Play packs were also given out to children and young people at various locations across the borough and hand-delivered to some homes.
Torfaen Executive Member for Children, Families and Communities, Cllr Fiona Cross said, 'Each year the Play Service offers up a fantastic program of staffed play provision for children and young people in Torfaen as part of the councils Play Sufficiency Action Plan.
It includes providing many play opportunities, seven days a week, including play support for vulnerable children and young people as well as a popular youth volunteering project.
I would like to say a special thank you to all the staff and volunteers that make this happen all year round, it provides a wonderful experience for so many children and fond memories for them to look back on."
All of the projects and activities were funded through Welsh Governments Winter of Wellbeing Fund and supported Town and Community Councils.
For more information about Torfaen Play Service, visit the Torfaen Council website - www.torfaen.gov.uk