Summer playschemes receive funding boost
There are many opportunities for children to enjoy themselves this summer thanks to funding from Nottinghamshire County Council.
The county council’s Local Improvement Scheme is funding more than a dozen summer playschemes this year having received applications from a number of childcare providers, endorsed by local Members.
The money will enable 15 local community groups to lay on vital childcare provision and activities during the summer break.
Councillor Gordon Wheeler, Vice-Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, which administers the Local Improvement Scheme at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We were delighted with the scale and quality of bids which we received earlier this year for the Local Improvement Scheme.
“We have been able to award funds to a large number of community groups running play schemes this summer so this money is being put to good use over the coming weeks across the county, providing exciting opportunities for children and their families.”
The successful groups are:
Selston Parish Stay’n’Play, Underwood Community Centre, Church Lane, Underwood
Sessions: Fridays from August 3
A £1,000 grant from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme backed by county council Local Member for Selston, Councillor David Martin. Councillor Martin said: “This funding will make a huge difference to the Stay’n’Play’ project based in Underwood, right in the heart of the Selston Parish.
“This type of scheme is vital, especially in rural communities like ours. It will help to give children, parents, grandparents and carers time and opportunities to socialise, try new indoor and outdoor activities, and interact with each other during the long summer holidays. This is just the type of scheme that this fund was designed to support and I am pleased to have backed them and ensured County Council support.”
Fountaindale School Fund Play Scheme, Fountaindale School, Nottingham Road, Harlow Wood, Sutton-in-Ashfield.
Sessions: Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3
A £2,500 grant from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme backed by county council Local Member for Sutton Central and East, Councillor Samantha Deakin. Councillor Deakin said: “This is exactly the type of project that deserves the extra help that our County Council is providing. This money will provide a summer play scheme giving specialist support for children and young people with complex physical, medical and sensory needs.
“This money will ensure that the play scheme goes ahead, offering parents brief respite from what is otherwise a long, hard summer. I recently visited the school to see the excellent work they do – that’s why I am so pleased our bid has been successful.”
The scheme’s extended services coordinator Karen Redgate said: “Pupils, parents and staff at Fountaindale are over the moon to have received the award. We simply could not offer these activities without the financial support from the Local Improvement Scheme. The play scheme will make a huge difference to our pupils who struggle to access the social and leisure opportunities that their peers may take for granted.”
Blue Skies Community Initiative
Sessions: Thursdays, from July 26, 10am to 2pm
A £1,000 grant from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme backed by county council Local Member for Misterton, Councillor Tracey Taylor to deliver eight days of affordable summer play scheme to rurally isolated children in the Retford area. Councillor Taylor said: “These are ambitious, exciting activities which will ensure socially and financially disadvantaged children have high quality new experiences to raise aspiration and increase confidence.”
Group spokesman Bev Fullwood said: “Our play scheme grant has really helped us to bring rural children together to experience exciting things such as watersports, pottery, art, survival skills and cookery. Blue Skies Community Initiative relies on local volunteers to support the activities and we will be providing transport as usual to ensure that rural children have lots of chances to meet with other children, have fun and learn new skills.”
Oasis Community Church Centre and Gardens, Longfellow Drive, Worksop
Sessions: Tuesdays to Thursdays, various times
Oasis Community Church, Cheyne Walk, Retford
Sessions: Wednesday afternoons and other times as arranged
A £1,000 grant for each project from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme backed by county council Local Member for Worksop East, Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle. Councillor Gilfoyle said: “This is great news and enables the Oasis Community Church to provide summer play schemes at their locations in Worksop and Retford. It will be greatly welcomed in the local communities.”
Basil Russell Youth Club, Nuthall Parish Council, Basil Russell Playing Field, Nuthall
Sessions: Thursdays and Fridays, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm from July 26
A £2,000 grant from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme backed by county council Local Member for Nuthall and Kimberley, Councillor Philip Owen for a Summer Youth Club delivered during the school holidays when the existing provision (at Kimberley Young People's Centre) is closed. Councillor Owen said: "We are delighted to be working with Nuthall Parish Council and our youth service to help lay on a summer youth club to run in the summer holidays to benefit young people in Nuthall and Kimberley.
"As an interim measure, this funding of £2,000 goes towards the new summer youth scheme and youth workers at Kimberley youth centre will be helping with the training for the project."
Toton Holiday Zone, St Peter’s Church, High Road, Toton
Sessions: From Tuesday, July 31 to Friday, August 3, from 10am to 12.30pm.
A £1,000 grant from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme backed by county council Local Member for Toton, Chilwell and Attenborough, Councillor Eric Kerry. Councillor Kerry said: “This is a very worthy cause. Toton Holiday Zone will be providing a safe space for local children to have fun, make friends and take part in exciting and challenging activities during the school holidays.”
Lynne Pearson, Co-ordinator of Toton Holiday Zone, said: “We are really grateful to have received this grant which will enable us to offer a wide range of creative and imaginative opportunities for local children. Holiday Zone has run for many years offering hundreds of children a safe and happy place to be during the summer holidays and this grant will ensure its continued success.”
Clipstone Miners Welfare Community Trust, Clipstone Social Club, Mansfield Road, Clipstone
Sessions: July 26 to Friday, September 1, 10am to 3pm
A £1,000 grant from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme backed by county council Local Member for Sherwood Forest, Councillor John Peck. Councillor Peck said: “I was delighted to support this application which will provide a summer play scheme for Clipstone and surrounding areas.”
Hetts Lane Holiday Club, Sherwood Junior School, Sherwood Street, Warsop
Sessions: Various dates from Monday, July 30
A £1,000 grant from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme backed by county council Local Member for Warsop, Councillor Andy Wetton. Councillor Wetton said: “I am delighted that this scheme has received funding. It will provide a safe summer play scheme for children aged between 5-11 years old in the Warsop and surrounding area. Sherwood Junior School is an excellent hub for the local community so provides an ideal location for this summer playscheme.”
Lighthouse in Mansfield, Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield
Sessions: Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3
A £2,000 grant from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme backed by county council Local Member for Mansfield South, Councillor Stephen Garner to provide a week-long children’s summer holiday club for ages 5 to 14. Councillor Garner said: “Volunteers from 30 churches will engage children with fun, games, life skills coaching, whilst utilising different outside agencies to introduce children to various activities normally outside the reach of many families.”
Pleasley Playscheme, St Barnabas Church, Bagshaw Street, Pleasley Hill
Sessions: Various dates from July 25
A £1,200 grant from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme backed by county council Local Member for Mansfield West, Councillor Diana Meale and included is a free cooked lunch each day and opportunities for trips out. Councillor Meale said: “I am very pleased that this scheme has been awarded funding. It will be aimed at children aged 5 to 11, who can experience a range of exciting and engaging activities, have fun and grow friendships within a safe, supportive environment.”
Rainworth and Blidworth Detached Youth Project
Sessions: Various dates from July to be announced
A £1,000 grant from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme backed by county council Local Member for Blidworth, Councillor Yvonne Woodhead. Councillor Woodhead said: “This team works tirelessly to raise funds through a variety of ways to ensure that it meets its objectives and delivers services to the communities it serves. It is wonderful news that it will be providing a Summer Play Scheme for Rainworth and Blidworth.
“Play schemes are an invaluable resource for young people to have the opportunity to do something different during the holidays, and be with their friends, having fun, so I’m more than delighted to have supported our local bid.”
Claire Penny, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Trustee Board said: “We are delighted to have been awarded funds through the Local Improvement Scheme. Our Summer Play Scheme supports over 60 local families to enjoy activities that would otherwise be unaffordable. Without continued support from NCC we know that local children would suffer from the effects of food poverty, a lack of social engagement and be more likely to be involved in anti-social behaviour. On behalf of the children and families who use our Play Scheme, the Board of Trustees, Staff and Volunteers, we would like to extend a huge thank you for your support.”
Stacy’s Playscheme, Phoenix Hall, Station Road, Collingham
Sessions: Tuesdays to Thursdays in August from August 7, 9am to 4pm
A £1,000 grant from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme backed by county council Local Member for Collingham, Councillor Maureen Dobson. Councillor Dobson said: “I am very pleased that Stacy’s Playscheme has been successful. It will be providing a safe and fun environment for children during the summer holiday exploring age appropriate play activities and crafts.”
Radcliffe Family Playdays, Radcliffe on Trent Methodist Church, Rockley Avenue, Radcliffe-on-Trent
Sessions: Various dates from July 31
A £1,000 grant from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme backed by Nottinghamshire County Council Leader and Local Member for Radcliffe-on-Trent, Councillor Kay Cutts MBE. The service is completely run by volunteers. Councillor Cutts said: “This scheme makes free high-quality play and activity sessions available to 0 to 11 year olds and their parents or carers. “The sessions will be for weekly two hour planned sessions during the school summer break and to provide family activities at local community events and will be warmly welcomed by local people.”
Sutton Bonington Playscheme, Sutton Bonington playing fields, Main Street, Sutton Bonington
Sessions: Various dates from Monday, July 30
A £1,000 grant from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme backed by county council Local Member for Leake and Ruddington, Councillor Andrew Brown. Councillor Brown said: “This is great news for a scheme which will be providing craft, sports and other fun opportunities for children in the local area during two weeks of the summer holidays.”
Christine Littledyke from Sutton Bonington Playscheme said: “Sutton Bonington Playscheme are very pleased to have received funding from Nottinghamshire County Council to help provide funding for their scheme. Without this it would be difficult to continue to deliver the quality of activities we are able to offer.”