By the end of May, Play Gloucestershire, will have distributed 1,500 Bags of Play to children in need across the county, as part of their emergency response to the Coronavirus crisis. Play Rangers and volunteers have filled the bags with soft foam balls, skipping ropes, balloons, chalks, paints, scrap and more to offer some playful respite to the children most in need across the County.
A list of playful suggestions from the Play Rangers – who are normally out and about in parks and open spaces across the county – is also included, further helping the children to be creative and active.
“Children always need to play, but especially now” said our Director of Play, Pip Levett. “Play is so therapeutic in times of crisis and we hope that our ‘Bags of Play’ bring some joy and happiness to families in Gloucestershire”.
A group of partners have united to make the ‘Bags of Play’ a reality. Funders include Severn Trent, Barnwood Trust, Gloucestershire Community Foundation, the Diocese of Gloucestershire and Stroud Town Council. Members of the public have also been kindly donating funds through our ‘Bags of Play’ Appeal.