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Friendship funds local play scheme

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Published by Kerrie Beck for Longhurst Group in Housing and also in Communities, Education

Friendship funds local play scheme Friendship funds local play scheme

Friendship Care and Housing (Friendship) has been helping out in the community by providing funding to a local play scheme in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.  The scheme supports children with disabilities, with special educational needs and children who are referred by social services as part of their child protection plan.

The play scheme is part of St Paul’s Community Development Trust, and is run by a mixture of paid workers and volunteers from the local community.  The children get involved in a variety of sporting activities, arts and craft, cooking, computers, games and trips out.  Friendship supported the half term scheme in October and will be doing the same again during the break from school in February.

Anita Moore, Play Scheme Manager, said “ Some of the children attending the scheme were referred as part of their ‘child protection’ package, and have now come off that and gone onto ‘children in need’, which is great news. The school they attend commented that joining the play scheme had made a difference in school; the children were talking about their time with us and seemed a lot happier.”

Tracey Quirk, Head of Neighbourhood Services added “It’s great to see what a real difference the scheme makes to the local community and we are happy to support such a great worthwhile project.”

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