More information on the ‘schools out’ play schemes

Despite the difficult circumstances the council’s children and youth services team are launching the ‘schools out’ play schemes on Monday 30 July.

Where: Hillview community centre and Swindon Village hall
Time: Registration starts at 10am
Who: For children and young people aged 5-15

Hillview community centre and Swindon Village hall will be opening for children and young people aged five to fifteen to take part in a variety of arts, crafts and sports activities.

Tracy Brown, the council’s children services and youth affairs manager, said:

Our activities are often accessed by some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our community so we felt it was important to run some schemes as soon as possible, despite the difficult circumstances, in order to bring some respite and much needed fun. We had to cancel our activities this week as all our equipment was flooded along with the rest of leisure@cheltenham (see our photographs). We have, however, been able to purchase a small emergency supply of equipment to get the activities going again. We have also been working with other council departments to ensure that we can keep the children supplied with water and the toilet facilities in a sanitary condition.

A variety of activities are on offer including arts and crafts, board games, drama, playstation, circle games as well as football, volleyball and basketball, cricket and rounders and athletics. All activities are supervised by experienced and suitably-checked play workers.

Tracy Brown added:

We are working hard to get our other ‘schools out’ sites and ‘play ranger’ schemes under way, and will let everyone know the details as soon as possible.

Councillor Anne Regan, cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, said:

I’m very proud of the way our children and youth services team has worked to get these holiday activities under way. We’re offering fun, safe and affordable play schemes which I know are really appreciated by local families, and I’m sure the children will have a terrific time.

Registration starts at 10am on Monday 30 July and there is no need to book beforehand. A full day costs £3.90 and runs from 10.30am – 3.30pm. Half day sessions cost £1.95 and run from 10.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 3.30pm.  Concessionary rates are available for Cheltenham Borough Homes tenants and those receiving state benefits (evidence will need to be shown at registration).

Children need to bring a packed lunch and bring play clothes as, weather permitting, some of the activities will be taken outside.

For further information please ring 01242 775212 or keep an eye on the council’s main website at www.cheltenham.gov.uk.

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