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Children enjoy benefits when Play in Parks visited Birmingham and Leicestershire


Published by Natasha Jones for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities

Young residents enjoying the Play in Parks days Young residents enjoying the Play in Parks days

Hundreds of children spent their half term holiday having fun outdoors when Play in Parks days swung into four different estates in and around Birmingham and Leicestershire.

Sanctuary Housing teamed up with the Birmingham Playcare Network to deliver four jam packed play days in Ashby de la Zouch, Walmley, Weoley Castle and Garretts Green, within which there are over 700 Sanctuary homes.

Children and their families were able to take part for free and enjoy a host of activities including boxing and cricket, African drumming and meeting reptiles at an animal encounter.

Residents were also able to pick up rent, income and benefits advice from Sanctuary Housing officers, while their children were entertained.

John Silverwood, Sanctuary Housing’s housing officer, said: “The events were very successful and it was great to meet so many of our residents during the half term break.

“What a fantastic way for the community to come together and make friends while children were benefiting from learning in the outdoors.”

Birmingham Playcare Network’s project manager, Rebecca Coley, added: “Our Play in Parks days are designed to help local residents make the most of outdoor play space for their children and neighbourhoods.

“It was wonderful to see residents participating in a variety of activities, having fun, playing games and learning new skills, creating a real sense of community”.

Sanctuary Housing manages over 16,000 properties in the Midlands, including general rented, social housing and retirement living. To find out more, call 0800 131 3348 or 0300 123 3511 (from a mobile), visit or follow on Twitter @hellosanctuary.



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