Over 300 play workers and volunteers for Torfaen Play were told today the work they do during the summer holiday has an “incredible impact” on children in Torfaen.
The service is made up of 180 volunteers aged 16-17 and 140 paid workers. This week they are taking part in team building and health and safety sessions ready to welcome 1,000s of children from Monday 1 August to Thursday 26 August at 37 sites across the borough. The sites are:
- 13 laugh, learn and get active camps (food and fun) in local primary schools. Over 1,300 children already booked on to attend per day with a waiting list for every single camp.
- 9 Open Access Playschemes
- 6 Play and Respite Sessions
- 9 Play in the Park Sessions
159 children have been pre-booked in to receive 1-1 support. Today Cllr Fiona Cross, executive member for children, families & communities, popped in to meet the team and thank them for the impact they have on young people in Torfaen during the summer holidays.
In this video also hear from Max Griffiths, a site supervisor, who started as a Torfaen Play volunteer at 16.
At yesterday’s Council meeting Cllr Anthony Hunt, leader of Torafen Council, said: “Can I also wish good luck and a successful summer to our renowned play service as they embark on their staff and volunteers training week this week. The reputation they have around Wales is well-deserved for the quality of opportunities they give local children and that’s not something we should take for granted.”