Posted on: Friday 24 February 2023
More than 700 children have taken part in a fun-filled week of play this half term with Torfaen Play Service.
Around 100 playworkers and volunteers delivered a range of play-based activities across multiple provisions, which saw children take part in arts and crafts, games, sports, swimming, talent shows and more.
Natalie Noltey, whose children Ella-Marie, Lylla-Grace and Alfie have been accessing the play service for several years, says she would be lost without it.
“Having a little one who needs that extra help, time and care, it’s reassuring to know that the service provided by Torfaen Play adapts to all my children’s needs, likes and capabilities. I’m never in doubt that each member of the Torfaen Play goes above and beyond.
“Full of fun and laughter, my children really thrive at the sessions, and they can’t wait to tell me what they have done at pick up time. My eldest two have been attending the mindfulness club and it’s amazing how much they enjoy it and have learnt new techniques.”
Children who attended the wellbeing camps at primary schools across the borough, received a free packed lunch and snacks throughout the day, all provided by Torfaen Catering.
Children are allocated a space at the wellbeing camps through their school or from parents expressing an interest via Torfaen Plays’ social media channels, all on a first come first served basis.
Specialist play and respite sessions were also delivered to more than 80 children with disabilities.
Natalie added: “As a parent, it’s the feeling you want most to know that your children are happy and cared for in a safe environment. With Torfaen Play, there is never a doubt in my mind and we thank you so much for all you do”.
Julian Davenne, Manager at Torfaen Play Service, said: “It’s been yet another fantastic week of play and it’s always amazing to see the engagement through our youth volunteering project.
“Working closely with our Torfaen Catering counterparts, we have ensured that the children have been fed and that they have accessed quality play opportunities up and down the borough”.
Torfaen Play Service are currently recruiting volunteers aged 16 and over, as well as playworkers, play support workers and site supervisors to help run summer camps and open access playschemes.
A full week of training will be provided from Monday July 24, with clubs running between Monday 31 July to Thursday 25 August.
The deadline for applications is Friday 31 March.
To apply visit the Play Service page on Torfaen Council website, or for more information call 01495 742322 or email andrea.torfaen.gov.uk