Play schemes are under scrutiny

Inspectors:  director of children's services, Janet Donaldson (centre left) and the head of Calderdale Children's Trust, Sue Rumbold, with Nathan Canning, Alistair Crowther, Tristan Illand and Ashley Wadsworth
Inspectors: director of children's services, Janet Donaldson (centre left) and the head of Calderdale Children's Trust, Sue Rumbold, with Nathan Canning, Alistair Crowther, Tristan Illand and Ashley Wadsworth
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YOUNG people have been helping the council to improve play schemes for children with disabilities.

They have visited 12 venues where schemes have been run under the “Jam Packed Summer” banner to ask users what they think.

They have been run in conjunction with Play 4 All, Eureka and Wise Up Arts, based at Halifax Piece Hall.

More than 340 disabled children and young people have been enjoying a range of activities, from arts and crafts, puppetry and cooking to sports, swimming, trampolining, tennis and drama.

The Young Inspectors will make recommendations to councillors for improvements.

Calderdale Council’s spokeswoman for children’s services, Coun Megan Swift, said: “Last year young inspectors made recommendations about North Bridge Leisure Centre reception area and the council responded by changing the layout so it was better for them. It is a real example of young people making a difference.”