Changes to play at The Vench

4th November 2019

The Vench Adventure Playground is a space for children, young people and families to enjoy in the heart of Lockleaze.

Learning Partnership West (LPW) has been running play sessions at The Vench for more than 6 years, but without funding these sessions will end and will now be run by Groundwork South.

“Our play sessions have given local children and young people the opportunity play, learn new skills, be more active and engage with their friends in a safe, supportive environment” begins Rachel Robinson, CEO at LPW.

“Playing is so important for children and young people as it supports their development. It improves cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being. It also helps children and young people to build social connections, learn life skills, improve confidence, self-esteem and resilience which enables them to learn about the world and themselves” adds Rachel.

“Over the last few years funding for play has been difficult. We have done all we could to keep our sessions running for as long as possible and used our own funds to keep the playground open for the last 18 months.”

“We have worked with children, young people and families in Lockleaze for many years and we will continue to support children and young people from Lockleaze through our services. We are also really pleased that Groundwork South, who manage The Vench, can continue the sessions we have been running” ends Rachel.

Groundwork South will now run the sessions on Thursdays and Fridays from 3.30-6pm.

“We have worked in partnership with LPW for many years” begins Charley, from Groundwork South.

“We would like to thank LPW for bridging the funding gap and for delivering regular play services for the last 18 months at The Vench” continues Charley.

“Although LPW’s sessions are ending on 8th November, they will continue to provide support within the Lockleaze community in every way they can. In the meantime, Groundworks South will continue to run play sessions on Thursdays and Fridays from 3.30pm to 6pm.”

“To do this, we need help. We are recruiting play work volunteers to help us keep the playground open. Volunteers will join a programme that offers play worker training and mentoring support. For more information on the training programme and an idea of the commitment involved, please contact me to find out more” ends Charley.

Get in touch to find out more:

Charley: 01179 103930 / 07833 128737 & charley.murrell@groundwork.org.uk