Future plans to help children and young people in Frome

Jess & Hannah by a treeFrome Town Council’s Children and Young People Projects Officers, Hannah Stopford and Jess Francombe, have taken on additional roles during the Co-vid 19 crisis.  They have been busy supporting residents over the last three months, helping with the emergency food parcels, matching volunteers with residents in FTC’s ShopForMe scheme and much more.  All the while they have also continued to plan for the summer, watching the Government updates closely and monitoring the latest advice as lockdown eases to see what activities might be possible in our parks and open spaces over the summer holidays for Frome’s children and young people.

At this year’s ‘Make It Happen’ conference, which took place shortly before lockdown, Hannah and Jess talked to lots of year 8 pupils in Frome about how to create a project for young people using the funding committed in last year’s People’s Budget town vote.  Rest assured they are busy hatching plans and talking to youth and play providers about what exciting activities might be possible, including in our parks and open spaces near you in the coming months.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Andy Wrintmore added: ‘We are very aware that many young people are missing their friends and been unable to participate in their usual activities over the last three months.  During the next few months we are keen to work with all of our partners including schools, youth providers and others to support young people to socialise in a safe environment, get outside and participate in fun activities and be supported to address worries and concerns they may have’.

With that in mind, Frome Town Council is pleased to announce some new, free training: LINK + LEARN: “The New Playful”, with the aim of establishing how do we support our young people and each other to stay playful during these transitionary times?

Award winning play specialist Ben Kingston Hughes will take us on a journey to explore the Power of Play and the fascinating neuroscience behind it, with ideas about how to be playful and facilitate meaningful play while physical distancing is in place.

Open to all who work, play, and live with children and young people, this training will be delivered in bitesize videos, available to access and complete in your own time from Monday 29th June.

We will be hosting a follow-up live session on Monday 13th July 10am – 11:30am.  This will be an opportunity to connect with the other attendees and feed into ideas for a phased Play Strategy for Frome.

Book your free ticket here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/frometowncouncil/386760

Published 23rd June

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