Summer play schemes - Batley & Spen

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.
Off-roading at Bumpy's

Off-roading at Bumpy's

Creating a play in a week at Windybank

Creating a play in a week at Windybank

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.

At Windybank, we held our first ‘play in a week’ course, run by Lawrence Batley Theatre. Eighteen children developed their drama skills by producing and starring in their version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At the end of the week they showcased their play to parents and family members followed by a trip to the Lawrence Batley Theatre to see a production of The Jungle Book.

Around 40 children from Windbyank and Wilton took part in week long play schemes that included T-shirt making, making clay sculptures, creating their own mini greenhouses/insect houses, dance sessions, an off-road trip at Bumpy’s motorcycle centre, a day out at Oakwell Hall Country Park, all topped off with 10 pin bowling.

Thank you to all our partners, including Lawrence Batley, Total Sports Foundation, Wilton TRA and Windybank Activities 4 All.

Thank you also to our sponsors, including the area committee, Magnet Kitchens and Morley Waste Traders.