Seven free, family activity afternoons took place in Hellaby and Maltby over the summer.
The events were organised by Flux Rotherham and the Council's Neighbourhoods Team.
The events were organised to provide something for residents to enjoy within a walking distance from their homes.
We listened to requests from residents for affordable local events with no transport cost.
Hellaby and Maltby West Ward Councillors, (Cllr Andrews and Cllr Ball) and Maltby East Ward Councillors (Cllr Tinsley and Cllr Hunter), supported these events by providing refreshments and helping to support many of the activity days.
To kick the sessions off, Hellaby and Maltby West Councillors funded a bouncy castle. Children had three hours of free bouncing fun and a few older residents couldn’t resist a few go's either!
The events that took place support ward priorities in the area, including the Maltby East Ward priority of 'Improving opportunities and facilities for children and young people'.
Ward Councillors are committed to supporting local activities for families. Councillors are also committed to helping connect children and young people to initiatives, which aim to improve their wellbeing and job opportunities.
Organisations based in Maltby (including Maltby Leisure Centre, Yorkshire Sports and the Neighbourhood Police Team) were invited to support the events. They provided things like tennis equipment, a pedal to make a fruit smoothie and Police vehicles to explore. Tesco Community Champion, Julia Jones, also joined us on some events, giving out healthy fruit and snacks.
The sessions promoted simple family play with an invite to join us earlier for a picnic. Each session offered a themed art and craft activity, sports and traditional garden games.
To end the programme of activities, a natural play and forest school type activity day was held at locally known green space, 'Teletubbies Field', off Huntington Way, West Maltby. Families enjoyed making boggart homes, scary boggart head magic sticks and giant natural art, all to scare the dragons away.
In total, over four hundred residents enjoyed the events from toddlers to grandparents, alongside the staff and volunteers that made it happen.
Working with you to help build communities that we can all take pride in is a priority for the Council.
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