Play scheme for Millwey

PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 15 June 2010

THE Millwey Rise Estate in Axminster will be the location for a new mobile play scheme during the school summer holidays. East Devon District Council has secured £200,000 of Big Lottery funding to carry out youth projects in rural and needy areas, and has

THE Millwey Rise Estate in Axminster will be the location for a new mobile play scheme during the school summer holidays.East Devon District Council has secured £200,000 of Big Lottery funding to carry out youth projects in rural and needy areas, and has identified Millwey Rise as one of 10 locations for the new scheme.The event will take place over two days in the summer and organisers are looking for volunteers to help out and eventually take over the running of the scheme in the future.EDDC mobile play worker Polly Mercer said: "Devon County Council took its Playdays project into Millwey Rise last year and identified the estate as an area in need of more activities and opportunities for youngsters."The event is focused at children aged between seven and 15 and will feature a number of sports, arts and craft activities, as well as DJ-ing, beatboxing and dance for the older children."Although we will be delivering this project, we are hoping to train volunteers to a level where they can run the event themselves in future school holidays."Play worker Jane Sharp said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for volunteers to receive professional training in a wide range of skills from first aid and health and safety to circus skills, arts and crafts."We hope that through engaging the young people in these schemes we can help them focus on positive community activities."Local school children from around Axminster will also be invited to help create a name and logo for the project with prizes up for grabs for the winning entries.Two days of training will take place in April and May for the successful volunteers and Polly and Jane will provide ongoing support and training as and when it is needed.For more information call Jane or Polly on (01395) 571556.

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