Community boosted by popular play scheme

An action-packed summer play scheme returned to an Essex village for its 35th consecutive year and was well-attended by young people and their families.

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With funding from Sanctuary Housing, the Great Wakering Summer Play Scheme provided five days of play for almost 170 primary school aged children during the holidays.

This year’s activities took place at Great Wakering Recreation Ground, where eight volunteers ensured that plenty was on offer, from painting pebbles to family-friendly sports.

Both Star Sports and Samantha Boyd School of Dance led active sessions where children could try new hobbies. Parents and guardians were encouraged to take part in activities and bring a picnic, so that they too could make new friends.

Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “It was like going back in time to a traditional summer fete – everyone seemed really happy, engaged and involved.

“The summer holidays can feel like a long time to keep children entertained, so it was great to see families chatting, eating and enjoying healthy activities together.”

Cllr Joanne McPherson added: “It was wonderful to see the Great Wakering community getting together and enjoying healthy, fun activities. I met some lovely young people who were a real credit to their families.

“I’d like to extend my thanks to everybody who helped make this happen. May the play scheme continue for many more years!”

This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

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