Summer playscheme

Last Friday attended his last day at his summer playscheme. He loved every minute of it, and even asked to go on days it wasn’t running.

It was run jointly by YMCA North Tyneside and Pathways4All funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the Baily Thomas charitable trust. For 4 of the 6 weeks of the school summer holidays, the playscheme ran from 10am until 3pm three days per week (M/W/F). Located at the Tim Lamb children’s centre which is a recently renovated centre for children in the area with special needs, and delivered by staff from the YMCA who also used to run Ts favourite Saturday club – we were very excited about the sessions.

We signed T up for 9 of the 12 sessions (we were on holiday the first week). They had thought about every activity they ran and also planned trips out locally. These were a highlight for T because he got to go on a big bus! From what I understand his behaviour was impeccable and several of the staff told me he was an angel and adorable. ( I know, who would have thought it!).

When they didn’t go out on trips they had several visitors to entertain the children and to get them to participate. From African drumming to circus skills to creepy crawly holding – the children got lots of hands on activities.

Other activities included bike riding (lots of different bikes aimed at different abilities), playing in the play park which is part of the Tim Lamb centre, pond dipping, visiting the local farm. No one was left out and every need was catered for.

The staff were plentiful. Made up of mostly volunteers ( I think) , they were friendly and helpful – and more importantly wonderful with the children. The children were split into groups for activities probably linked to ability and age. There was also separate sessions for older age groups – Tweens and teens.

I cannot fault anything about the playscheme. T was with children from school but others from other schools. I am not sure how much he made friends but he loved it and was happy to be alongside the other children. I just wish it could run in other school holidays. But it takes a lot of organising and I imagine the costs very high. But even if it only summer going forward I will be straight in and signing T up again. Costing only £5 per day (I know cheap !) it is one of the best things I think we’ve ever done for T.

Thank you to all the staff and especially Vicky from YMCA who seems to have done a lot of the organising. You made my sons summer. You made our summer. T has been a dream to be with this summer holiday. I can put that down to the playscheme. Well done.

Here are a couple of photos of T from the playscheme and also a video they posted last night. It was as truly a wonderful as the photos of the children show.

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Click on this link to view the video. Look out for T! Playscheme 2013.

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