Coronavirus lockdown doesn’t stop fun as Play Torbay delivers play packs across Torbay

Oscar with his PlayTorbay play pack

Oscar with his PlayTorbay play pack - Credit: Archant

Play Torbay is delivering play packs to the doorsteps of children, young people, parents and carers who regularly enjoy its adventure playgrounds in Foxhole, Barton and Brixham, thanks to the support of the National Lottery and Sanctuary Housing,

Preston opens his play pack

Preston opens his play pack - Credit: Archant

Tanny Stobart, director of Play Torbay, said: 'We are delighted with this new initiative which will ensure as many children as possible will be able to have great interactive play sessions with us in these difficult times of the pandemic when we can not deliver our normal play sessions.

'The play packs are full to the brim with lots of amazing stuff to make and do and we shall be contacting all the families by phone to let them know about how they can join with friends and come Zooming with play packs online over the next eight weeks.'

Tanny added: 'Play Torbay can also make contact individually about ways to use the play pack and each Friday there will a live video session for everyone on Facebook from one of our adventure playgrounds with fun things to try at home and a chance to check how the chickens are managing through the 'lockdown'.'

A lot of the materials in the play packs are from the Children's Scrapstore in Bristol, a reuse charity dedicated to helping businesses divert reusable waste away from landfill to improve play and creativity for children and families – making waste things play things.

Preston opens his play pack

Preston opens his play pack - Credit: Archant

Lynne Roberts, neighbourhood partnerships manager at Sanctuary Housing, said: 'Now, more than ever, it is important for children and their families to remain active and these packs will allow them to do that in a fun and creative way.'

If you know a family who would enjoy a play pack, let Play Torbay know and they will see if they can help.

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Play Torbay is trying to raise more funds to create more play packs and are actively exploring creating packs with recycled materials from local sources so that costs can be reduced.

For further information, log on to https://playtorbay.org.uk/ or email admin@playtorbay.org.uk

Preston opens his play pack

Preston opens his play pack - Credit: Archant

Play Torbay is a small, dynamic, voluntary sector organisation championing children's play across the Bay offering free, exciting play opportunities and programmes of adventurous activities in partnership with organisations, parents and local people.