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Sandwell charity keeping young entertained for free

By Harriet Evans | Sandwell | Sandwell entertainment | Published:

A charity in Sandwell is offering free play activities to keep youngsters busy.

Children from St Pauls Primary and Summerhill Primary attending a session at Tipton Library before lock down

Groundwork West Midlands is working alongside partners Creative Academies and Murray Hall Community Trust to provide provision for children at home.

The Go Play programme, which is funded by Sandwell Council, works with children aged six to 12-years-old.

At this time of year, the organisations would be encouraging children and their families outdoors to get involved in free activities in local parks and community spaces.

Since the closure of schools and countrywide lock down, the project has come to a halt with all face to face delivery.

Community officers from the service have instead created new resources to keep children entertained.

Pundeep Kaur, community and environment manager at Groundwork West Midlands, said: "These are really challenging times for everyone and it’s been so disappointing to have to postpone going out into local parks and offering play opportunities to children and their families.

"However, the team are going the extra mile to ensure children in the area do not get bored at home.

"They have created activity packs for children which can be emailed out to parents free of charge, they are filming daily videos with activities for children to take part in and sharing the ideas of other partners to help parents keep their children occupied as much as possible."

The Go Play programme is funded for a further three years until 2023 and will be aiming to get back into parks and local community spaces as early as government recommendations allow.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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