Supporters of Monmouth’s two summer play schemes paid a visit to Overmonnow Primary School on Wednesday 15th August to witness the project in action.  Among those attending were members of Monmouth Town Council and Rotary Monmouth which help to fund the scheme together with Mitchel Troy and Trellech United Community Councils, the Welsh Government’s Families First Programme, and environmental group Transition Monmouth.  Overmonnow’s programme operates each morning from Monday to Friday while another Monmouth-based play scheme functions at Kymin View Primary School in Wyesham during weekday afternoons.

Monmouthshire County Council works in partnership with local organisations and the voluntary sector to provide much needed free play opportunities over the school summer holiday period.  Its play schemes are run in conjunction with the Torfaen Play Service and this summer they operate in nine different venues from 30th July until 23rd August, providing opportunities for children aged 5 to 11 years to socialise and enjoy themselves with various activities.

In addition to fun-packed activities, children at Overmonnow’s scheme benefit from a free healthy and nutritional packed lunch bag prepared by the nearby Ty Price Community Centre, Transition Monmouth Food Sense, local Women’s Institutes and Monmouth Methodist Church.  The food is sourced locally as far as possible and is delivered in plastic-free packaging.  Funded by generous donations from the school’s parent teacher association, local businesses, individuals and groups and the Monmouthshire Housing Association, the initiative is a response to food poverty experienced over the summer holidays.

Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for social justice and community development Councillor Sara Jones said: “Play is an essential part of every child’s life – it isn’t just fun, it’s also the best way for young children to learn.  This summer we are working with our communities to provide play opportunities for Monmouthshire’s children across venues throughout the county.  We want to give all children the opportunity to get involved in the schemes on offer and would like to thank our partners for supporting us on this important agenda.”

Paul Sherrington of Rotary Monmouth added: “We are delighted to support a project that does so much to provide a happy, safe and fun environment for local children during the summer holidays.”

For further information on Monmouthshire’s play schemes contact Andrea Sysum on 01495 742951 or andrea.sysum@torfaen.gov.uk