DCH residents enjoy play event in the sun in Bishopsteignton
Published by mbartlett for DCH in Housing and also in Communities, Education, Environment, Health
DCH residents enjoy their Play Day in Bishopsteignton
A resident from Lawns End, Bishopsteignton organised a free community play event on Wednesday 7th August at Lawns End Recreation and Sports Area as part of hundreds of local events that made up National Play Day this week.
DCH resident Sue Green from Lawns End, read about National Play Day in DCH’s residents magazine ‘Open Door’ and decided to organise an event herself.
Fun activities were enjoyed throughout the day that included craft activities such as face painting, mask making, t-shirt printing and games such as giant jenga and a bouncy castle supported by DCH. Visitors brought their own picnics from home, spread out their blankets on the field and enjoyed the sun.
Sue Green, from Lawns End said:”The event went brilliantly, the sun was shining and everyone enjoyed themselves. I couldn’t believe how many people brought picnics and the whole family along! I wanted to promote the use of our outdoor space to the community to encourage more children to play together.
The summer holidays are a long period of time and for parents, it can be difficult to fund lots of expensive activities for children to take part in. I think it is important for them to interact and play is something that is completely free and healthy.”
Lesley Browne, Community Development Worker at DCH said: “The event was enjoyed by the whole community, there was a fantastic turn out. Hopefully the different activities on offer gave parents even more ideas about how they can keep the children entertained at minimum cost this summer.
This is a great example of how community involvement can encourage residents to organise events such as this one that will benefit their wider neighbourhood.”
On National Playday thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across theUK. As well as a celebration of children's right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.
Kim Ford Clerk to the Bishopsteignton Parish Council said: “It was great to see the sports area being so well used by all ages for a variety of sports. The Parish Council were really pleased to be able to support Sue with the Playday. Hopefully families saw the great facilities available to them within their own community and they will feel encouraged to make use of them in the future. ”
Many of the local community supported the event including St Johns Ambulance who were present on the day, the local theatre group with face painting, the local Bishopteignton Primary school and Pre-school and scout group who all donated equipment and craft materials.
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