It was playtime for the grown-ups as residents in Banbury learned valuable skills on a local course supported by Sanctuary Housing.
The hands-on learning was open to residents already working in the play sector, but also offered a valuable opportunity for anyone interested in working with children and young people to gain skills and experience.
The training, written by the Playworks Partnerships Team at the University of Gloucestershire and accredited by Skills Active, focused particularly on the importance of encouraging children to explore their boundaries and build confidence in a safe and supportive environment.
Participants received practical training to deliver a wide range of play activities, including den building, stilt-walking and using saws and hammers to work with wood.
Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We are committed to supporting projects giving residents opportunities to access training and build experience.
“The new skills the participants have learned will have a real positive impact not just for them, but for the young people they work with in the local community.”
Martin Gillett, of OPA, commented: “Providing opportunities for children to take part in healthy and happy play is so important to their wellbeing.
“We’re very grateful to Sanctuary and Cherwell District Council for supporting us to train more people in our community to deliver this vital service.”
This project was part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.