I’m inspired ...to play

SP91410 Fairplay helper Roisin Moore and Andrew Blades get to grips with puzzels.
SP91410 Fairplay helper Roisin Moore and Andrew Blades get to grips with puzzels.

WE all know the adage, work hard, play hard - and after a hard term’s graft, it is time for school children to kick back and get playing.

But for some youngsters, having fun isn’t simply a case of a trip to the local park. For children with additional needs, opportunities to play during the holidays can be hard to come by.

But Chesterfield-based charity, Fairplay have laid on a programme of summer events to ensure young people with disabilities can enjoy independent play over the summer break.

“Running the play schemes gives children the chance to come and play whilst giving parents and carers a break,” said Heather Fawbert, project manager at Fairplay.

“We concentrate on imaginative and sensory play and encourage group activities that give children the opportunity to share.”

The centre, on Alexandra Road West, Chesterfield, runs daily activities throughout the holidays, available to different age and need groups, including crafts, painting, baking and games. The sessions are overseen by a team of staff and volunteers.

One volunteer, 19-year-old student, Charlotte Derbyshire has been helping at Fairplay for years.

She said: “Playing here gives the children positive experiences. It is so important that they have the same opportunities as other children and it is so nice to see them form friendships.”

For more information on the schemes or Fairplay, call 01246 203963 or visit www.fair-play.co.uk

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