Play Torbay has come up with an innovative way to keep children in lockdown at home entertained.
Under normal circumstances, the charity, which promotes play and support for vulnerable children in the Bay, would be running play sessions over the Easter holidays.
These are run at the charity’s own three adventure playgrounds and include fun activities such as water slides, den building and cooking to provide them with a free meal. Instead, the play workers have come up with a plan to live stream activities through the Facebook page.
Operational support officer Grace Beer explained: “Obviously we can’t run our normal play sessions so we have come up with a Plan C.
“We really wanted to make sure the children, of all ages and backgrounds, are still playing and having fun.
“In fact it’s even more important now to ensure they are supported for their wellbeing and mental health.
“Just imagine what they must be feeling.”
So, complying with the government rules, two playworkers, practising safe distancing, will be live-streaming activities which children can do in their gardens, living rooms or dining rooms.
Grace added: “It’s a way they can see our faces and we can reassure them everything is OK.
“They can replicate what they see and hopefully cheer everyone up.”
Play Torbay is also appealing for businesses to support their efforts as they are keen to have donations to give away as prizes, whether that is virtually, or vouchers for delivery, or something for later when the crisis is over.
Grace said: “We are keen on making sure the mental health and wellbeing of the children and young people in the Bay is not affected and give them something to look forward to or a lovely treat; to perk them up in worrying times.”
The charity is still operating its alternative education provision, with some changes to programmes, for youngsters who are vulnerable.
Anyone willing to make donations can contact Grace by email at email@example.com.