Paignton families are set to get training in the great outdoors at new healthy play sessions.
Residents from Foxhole and Queen Elizabeth Drive will soon be taking part in Playful Parenting workshops – led by Play Torbay and funded by Sanctuary Housing and People’s Health Trust – and learning about the value of outdoor play as an essential part of children’s development and wellbeing.
After the 15 participants have completed the three-week course, which kicks off at the beginning of October, they will be awarded a Stay and Play outdoor training certificate, as well as receiving a tailored pack containing all the tools they need to pass their knowledge on to local youngsters.
In addition to developing skills in outdoor pursuits, the residents will also be able to meet and socialise with like-minded neighbours and support their families to lead healthy and active lives.
Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We’re really excited for this unique project that will help us to support our residents to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.
“As well as spending more time together in a positive way, this project is giving families a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the great outdoors.”
Play Torbay’s Tara Acton added: “We are offering a small group of parents in Foxhole and Queen Elizabeth Drive an opportunity to get involved in specialised nature play sessions for adults. These sessions will be great fun: a chance to make food on a campfire, learn more about nature and get their own Nature Play rucksack with materials to keep.
“Each session will have additional childcare provision to take care of little ones, free food and the final session will take place after school so all children can join in the sessions with the adults.”
This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.