Summer play schemes - Huddersfield neighbourhood

Release Date: 07-Sep-2015
This summer, KNH teamed up with KFTRA, Kirklees Council and a number of other partners to bring food, fun and learning to dozens of children on our estates.
Art Camp at Northfield Hall

Art Camp at Northfield Hall

Bushcraft at Slaithwaite

Bushcraft at Slaithwaite

Working closely with the Council’s Play Team and exciting and innovative play providers including Lawrence Batley Theatre, fine artist Anya Greenop and Bushcraft specialists BeMoreOudoors, we developed a varied menu of play experiences that have enchanted and thrilled children from our estates.

Our aim wasn’t just to fill the days but to encourage them to use their imaginations, to solve problems and build self-confidence, so that they go back to school refreshed and ready to learn rather than bored and demotivated.

Dozens of children have benefited from this rich and varied programme of activities, which would not have been possible without the help and ideas we have received from volunteers and community groups and the generous donations made by our sponsors Magnet Kitchens, First Bus and Huddersfield University.

Our first ever Art Camp took place at Northfield Hall and 15 enthusiastic and creative children took part in the week’s programme. The programme was jam packed with lots of creative activities and delivered by professional artist, Anya Greenop. This included a self-portrait, creating a 3D project of a dream place to live, designing and making scarves and a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The trip was sponsored by First Bus, breakfasts were provided by Huddersfield Town, lunches made by Rawthorpe Community Association and support from an art student and community ranger. A great week with great partnership working, and it wouldn’t have been possible without any of them.

In Lowerhouses, 11 children took part in a bushcraft course, delivered by “Be More Outdoors” in Slaithwaite. The children learnt how to chop wood safely to make Logdogs, how to make camp fires, prepare and cook soup and dumplings, and make shelters. The children were transported by First Bus, who sponsored the scheme and the Council’s Integrated Youth Service helped register and feed the children before they left for the day. Stephen Knight from Netherton TRA volunteered throughout the scheme and his contribution was invaluable.

Nineteen children from the Highlands estate took part in a varied summer scheme that started with team building at Bradley Woods. Sports sessions were run by Communities United Project and TSS Sports. Scientists from the university helped the children make soap and do scientific experiments, while a lecturer in design showed them how to make acrylic keyrings. The children made T-shirts, hamma beads, snow globes and mosaics, and also did some gardening with our Plant it, Grow it, Eat it team. Six volunteers helped out all week and Kirklees Youth Council paid the children a visit to engage with what they would change in their area and how they could get involved with the youth council.
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