Posted on: Thursday 28 October 2021
More than 450 children have attended Torfaen’s Play and Wellbeing Camps this October Half Term.
Run by Torfaen Play Service, children took part in an action-packed week of Spooktacular fun, with specialist play and respite sessions delivered to more than 70 children with disabilities.
Around 90 playworkers and volunteers came together to provide a range of play activities at the camps, including arts and crafts, nature trails, reflective circle time, team games, dance and sport.
6-year-old Luca Lewis is one of many children to have benefited from attending the play camps. Having attended the summer provision and this half term, Luca has been able to make some new friends, participate in new activities and learn new skills in the process.
He said, “I like coming here because it is fun, and I can play with friends. I love playing with LEGO the most.”
Luca’s mum, Samantha Lewis, paid tribute to Torfaen Play Service, saying, “Luca absolutely loves coming to the play provisions. He has been attending for a while now and is always excited to come back.
The staff are delightful, always there to discuss anything and have a genuine passion for helping our children grow. I have watched him grow in confidence, self-esteem and through socialising. Thank you to everyone at Torfaen Play.”
The camps also placed a focus on the '5 ways to wellbeing', encouraging children to Connect, Give, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Be Active.
Councillor Fiona Cross, Torfaen Executive Member for Children, Families and Communities, stated “We are just starting the consultation process for the local authorities Play Sufficiency Assessment. It’s an opportunity for the public to help us evidence the success of the play services across the borough and help improve or build on what has worked well, so that we can continue to receive funding.
It was lovely to hear the views and opinions of the children attending the camps which will help shape the future plans for play and play provision in Torfaen”.