An open day is planned to mark the 21st anniversary of Gedling Play Forum’s Scrapstore, which provides play materials for families, schools and playgroups across Gedling.
The open day will take place this Saturday (September 11) at the Forum’s base on Wollaton Avenue
Volunteers from the Play Forum provide free play activities across Gedling at events in parks and community centres. During the summer they run play days in the Borough’s parks and open spaces where families have the opportunity to get creative and have fun.
The Play Forum also runs the “Scrapstore” providing materials for use in play activities. Many of the materials are donated by businesses rather than going to landfill.
The Scrapstore is part of a national network which organises “swaps” between stores and encourages recycling of surplus material from businesses.
Chair of Gedling Play Forum Racheal Ellis said: “Twenty one years ago there were play forums and play schemes across Nottinghamshire but with austerity and cuts to funding from local government many of these schemes have closed.
“We are grateful for the continuing support from Gedling Borough Council and Nottinghamshire County Council. This funding enables us to provide play activities and achieve this milestone anniversary”.
“Our volunteers believe that play is an important way for children to learn. Our activities help children be creative and explore physical skills. Many of the activities are designed to encourage children to think about the environment and local ecology. Play is important to all ages, supporting mental health and wellbeing. After the last year we all know how important this is”
The resource centre will be open from 10am to 4.30pm for parents and children to look around at what is on offer and purchase play materials. Cakes and refreshments will be served.
Vernon Coaker was the very first member to sign up when the resource centre opened in 2000. He will be there again on Saturday to officially open a garden dedicated to the memory of friends and volunteers who have been lost.
Mr Coaker said: “I’m delighted to attend the open day to publicise the excellent work that the Play Forum does.
“It’s great to see that it is going from strength to strength after 21 years.
“I’m also pleased to pay tribute to the hard work of all the volunteers past and present in providing play opportunities for the children of Gedling”.