Posted on: Wednesday 13 July 2022
Thousands of children and young people in Torfaen have the chance to take part in a series of action-packed activities and events this summer, and best of all, it's free.
From arts and crafts and workshops to sports activities and swimming, Torfaen Summer of Fun is officially underway and will run up until Friday 30 September.
Funded by Welsh Government, the programme aims to support the wellbeing of children and young people between the ages of 0-25 years.
For a full breakdown of all the activities available, head to the Family Information Service website.
Torfaen Play Service is one of the many providers that have a range of activities running, including their popular Open Access Playschemes, Play in the Park and Learn, Laugh and Get Active Camps.
Julian Davenne, who manages the play service, said: “It’s a pleasure to receive additional funding from Welsh Government this summer, making it possible to offer more opportunities for children and young people across the borough.
“This year we have recruited and trained over 180 volunteers to deliver daily play opportunities throughout August. We are very proud of the commitment they all make in giving up their summer to support others”.
Torfaen Council has joined forces with other local organisations offering summer activities, including Action for Children, TOGS, Hope GB, Heads4Arts, Menter Iaith Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen a Mynwy and Urdd Gobaith Cymru.
In addition to the Summer of Fun programme, there are a number of other activities and workshops taking place this summer, including Torfaen libraries story and craft ‘Gadgeteer’ sessions and Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre - Tapestry Weaving.
Executive Member for Children, Families & Communities, Councillor Fiona Cross, said: “Here in Torfaen we have many provisions that are valued by so many and it’s not difficult to see why. Whether it’s Torfaen Play, sports development or the youth service, they all provide so many fantastic activities and events which aid children’s ability to express themselves, learn new skills and increase their mental and physical wellbeing.
“I would also like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who will be supporting this brilliant provision!."