Funding for play in Wales
Councils across Wales have received a share of £1.7m from the Welsh Government to expand and improve play opportunities for children and young people.
The funding is being used to provide play opportunities for children across Wales, including:
- New facilities and equipment
- Improvements to open space play areas, including improvements to park areas, woodland areas to ensure the best use of open space, including disabled access
- Play initiatives and schemes delivered by the third sector for children and young people, including provision where families of disabled children can drop in at any time and offer support to each other whilst their children play.
Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies said:
‘I want Wales to be a country where all children and young people have a wide range of challenging and interesting opportunities to play and to enjoy their leisure time. There is increasing concern about the mental and physical health of children and young people. At the same time, there is growing evidence that playing makes a significant contribution to the fitness and well-being of children and improving perceptions of well-being amongst children and their families. The £1.7m funding boost will help local authorities across Wales to improve play opportunities for children across Wales – helping us to work towards creating a play friendly country.’
In addition, the Minister announced funding for Play Wales to develop and deliver a social campaign aimed at parents and communities to help make their communities more playful.
Play Wales’ Assistant Director, Marianne Mannello, said:
‘We welcome the Welsh Government’s continued commitment to children’s play. It’s great seeing local authorities and their third sector partners working together to put the funding to good use to improve play opportunities for children across Wales. We are also looking forward to launching our campaign, aimed at parents and communities to help them make sure their communities are playful, in the near future – we are grateful to the Welsh Government for its financial contribution to this work.’