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Playing it up! Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change launches innovative scheme to run 17 play events this summer

The summer holidays are coming and children across West Cornwall are looking forward to a whole series of play events organised by CN4C's newly launched 'Playing It Up' project.

Jointly funded by the European Social Fund and Single Regeneration Budget, Playing It Up is also a partner of the EQUIPE initiative that aims to bring childcare, playwork and social enterprise together to provide better services for communities.

There are 17 playdays organised aimed at 5 to 12 year-olds. The days will be free to attend, but parents will be responsible for children's supervision.

The full schedule is:

Tuesday 29 July - Porthleven
Wednesday 30 July - Redruth (in conjunction with the 'Vision' conference)
Thursday 31 July - St Ives
Friday 1 August - Camborne
Monday 4 August - Pendeen
Tuesday 5 August - Illogan (Higher Broad Lane)
Wednesday 6 August - Penzance (national Playday)
Thursday 7 August - Redruth Rugby Club (North Close)
Friday 8 August - St Just
Monday 11 August - Newlyn (Gwavas)
Tuesday 12 August - Penzance (Eastern Green)
Wednesday 13 August - Illogan (Higher Broad Lane)
Thursday 14 August - Camborne (Pengegon/Parc an Tansys)
Friday 15 August - Porthleven
Monday 18 August - Truro (Tregols)
Tuesday 19 August - Perranporth
Wednesday 20 August - Lanner


for 4 weeks from Monday 28 July a 4-week supervised play scheme for 8 to 12 year-olds in Penzance (St Mary's Play Scheme).

Masterminded by Tony Andrews, best known as the founder of 'Penwith Play', Playing It Up will be taking to the road this summer with a team of 6 play workers and some magnificent new equipment, including a multi-activity inflatable and a bungee run challenge. There's even an inflatable marquee so that some activities will continue even if the rain comes down.

Tony explained: "We're organising this year's play projects and taking them out into the community, often to places where there hasn't been anything of this kind before. At each event we hope to engage with local parents and hopefully they'll want to get involved in organising similar activities. We can then help with support services such as advice and guidance and provision of equipment, together with local access to playwork training."

The precedent has already been set for engaging parents. Tony has supported a parents' group in St Ives in accessing playwork training, but found there was nowhere locally for them to gain experience. As a result two of the mums have started to provide some after-school activities for the group, and ultimately they hope to pursue future careers in playwork.

Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C) is a tenant-led community development organisation creating real and sustainable change by addressing the needs and desires of disadvantaged communities through partnership and participation. As part of the wider CN4C network, Playing It Up works closely with other CN4C community development and regeneration projects.


Editor's notes:

Further information:

Barbara Smith, PR Adviser
Tel: 01736 786421 / 07801 947897

Tony Andrews, Playing it Up
Tel: 01736 810749

Tarn Lamb, Community Operations Director
Tel: 01209 219246


Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388

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