Nottingham children summer activities awarded £25,000

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Young people in Nottinghamshire are to take part in summer activities thanks to a scheme funded by grants which aim to help develop youngsters.

The scheme was introduced by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Grant-Aid Sub-Committee who awarded £25,00 to local groups to host summer activities.

The grants will allow around 6,000 children and young people in Nottinghamshire to enjoy and experience new activities.

Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, Deputy Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “I am delighted with the breadth and geographical spread of activities we are supporting over the next two years.”

“Good, well-organised activities for young people can have a positive impact on education, health and community safety as well as making it a memorable, busy summer for our youngsters.”

This is the first time funding for the schemes covers a two year period, to give groups time to develop and become sustainable in their own right.

Organisations being awarded by the scheme

  • A Place to Call Our Own Ltd, Mansfield – £2,000
  • Blue Skies Community Initiative, Bassetlaw – £1,920
  • Bramcote Hills Community Association play scheme, Broxtowe – £1,060
  • Clipstone Miners Welfare Community Trust, Newark & Sherwood – £1,780
  • Going Bananas Holiday Club, Gedling – £940
  • Hetts Lane Holiday Club, Mansfield – £990
  • Lighthouse, Mansfield – £1,950
  • Newark & Sherwood Play Support Group – £2,000
  • OASIS Community Church Centre and Gardens (Worksop), Bassetlaw – £1,950
  • Pleasley Play Scheme, Mansfield – £690
  • Radcliffe Family Play Days, Rushcliffe – £780
  • Selston Parish Council, Ashfield – £1,100
  • Stacy’s Youth Club, Newark & Sherwood – £2,000
  • Sutton Bonington Play Scheme, Rushcliffe – £1,300
  • The Centre for Sport & Learning CIC, Bassetlaw – £1,320
  • The Huthwaite Community Action Group, Ashfield – £1,950

One of the chosen organisations, Sutton Bonington Play Scheme is the longest running programme and it will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer.

A spokesperson for the organising committee said: “The play scheme has been going so long it has become something of a local tradition in Sutton Bonington – it’s something we are very proud of.

“We are grateful for the funding we receive from Nottinghamshire County Council, local parish councils and our local councillor.

“It means we can put on a really wide variety of activities for the children, for a cost of just £1.10 per child per day, which represents excellent value.”

The activities will take place between 25th July and 5th August and will host a huge range of different things for the children to do, including crafts, games, sports and a children’s entertainer.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Sutton Bonington Play Scheme organisers have chosen an Alice in Wonderland theme for this year and the events will end with a Mad Hatters Tea Party on the final day.

More information about all the summer activities available can be viewed on the Nottinghamshire County Council website

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