Communities support play schemes

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 July 2011

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COMMUNITY groups are continuing a successful project for young people to learn new skills and play in a safe environment.

COMMUNITY groups are continuing a successful project for young people to learn new skills and play in a safe environment.

Parish councils, school pupils, dinner ladies, parents and police community support officers are all joining forces with North Somerset Council staff to create a range of new initiatives for young people.

It is to build on the work done by the council’s Play Pod Project, which ended in April.

The project was funded by a three-year £360,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

It involved six temporary large play boxes in public open spaces around the area.

Sessions were held by play rangers at the pods to encourage play in underused public spaces.

The pods are large lockable metal boxes which include recycled den building materials, circus skills kit, sports equipment and art and craft materials.

They also include seating, tables and outdoor shelter equipment for rainy days.

The pods will now be used as the focus of a range of new projects across the district, which will be in place in the next two months.

The new projects are being established from income generated during the Play Pod Project and will be led by a new organisation set up by three of the council’s former play rangers.

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