Volunteers who give up their time to support children’s play opportunities across Swansea have been thanked by the Lord Mayor. Usually they are invited to an awards ceremony at the Mansion House for an award’s ceremony but as this is not possible this year Cllr Mark Child has sent this message.
Usually dozens of unsung community heroes are invited to the Mansion House just before Christmas for an award ceremony and a personal thank-you for the great services they provide.
Volunteers support a wide range of projects in Swansea including the Community Farm in Fforestfach, Buddies, EYST, Play on Wheels, Clase Community Cwtch, Teilos’s Community Cwtch, Brynmill Playscheme and Play and Leisure Opportunities Library.
This year due the coronavirus pandemic that is not possible so the Lord Mayor of Swansea Cllr Mark Child has recorded a video instead in which he thanks them all.
Cllr Child said: “It is a real shame that this year I am unable to invite them to join me here and thank them personally for their efforts, especially as during the pandemic providing children with opportunities to play has been more important.
“2020 has been challenging for us all and our community play projects have had to come up with innovative ways to support children to play, at a time when they are often unable to get out to play, to see friends and have the sense of freedom that play provides.
“It is thanks to the play projects and the many playworkers, both paid and voluntary, that the children of Swansea continue to have their right to play met. Through offering play clubs, taking outreach play or play bags out into the communities, supporting access to play for those who need it and, increasingly, offering virtual play sessions and ideas.
“Play is essential to their development and how they make sense of the world they live in. Perhaps it’s never been as important as right now for children to be getting time and opportunities to play.
“For that reason, I have great pleasure in offering my sincere thanks and appreciation to our many play volunteers for all their efforts, every year, and hope that we are we in a position to invite them to the Mansion House next year.”