Morriston Playscheme works at the heart of its community to provide free play sessions to children between the ages of 0-12 years. This vital service in the city of Swansea offers children a safe place to play and provides parents and families time for some respite in their busy lives. A crucial aspect of this play service is that it is free to all, meaning that people living in this deprived area – some of whom may not otherwise be able to access such provision due to financial restrictions - are able to make use of the facility.
The Playscheme also runs a successful volunteering programme which offers young people and adults the opportunity to gain valuable skills and work experience. Volunteers are given access to a range of training courses and accreditation, as well as being given the opportunity to lead activity sessions and mentor their peers.
These accrued volunteering hours act as proof of the individual’s commitment and become very valuable to young people who are seeking further education or employment. Volunteers also speak of the increased confidence they get from participating in this programme.
Morriston Playscheme was awarded £1,000 from the Fund for Wales in 2017. This grant allowed the group to continue offering this free service to its community, maintaining and expanding its current provision by increasing the frequency of play sessions and taking on more volunteers. They are were also able to introduce their service to a new community in Swansea which, up until this point, had no play provision of this kind to offer its residents.
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