Thousands Enjoy Family Fun Days
Thousands of children and their families had a half term to remember – thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Family Information Service. Picture special online now!
As part of its ongoing campaign to deliver a bright, fun, engaging and informative range of support and services to benefit the county borough’s very youngest residents, the FIS organised a huge programme of fun days.
Each day of the half term, they took over a different leisure centre, visiting Rhondda Sports Centre in Ystrad, Llantwit Fardre Leisure Centre, Hawthorn Sports Centre, Tonyrefail Leisure Centre and Sobell Leisure Centre.
Bringing with them a huge range of attractions, including face-painting, arts, crafts, climbing wall, pottery, face-painting, magicians, clowns and the odd bucking bronco, the team set out to engage, entertain – and share essential information on the help they can offer all.
An average of 1,000 people a day visited each of the events, having fun with the stalls, games and crafts while also finding out a host of useful information from the FIS, as well as partners including South Wales Police, Communities First, British Transport Police and more.
Cllr Geraint Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Services and Equalities, is the county borough’s Children’s Champion.
He said: “The Council delivers a huge range of support services for its youngest residents and their families, to ensure they secure the best-possible start in life.
“These services include learning through play in the school holidays, play sessions, play schemes, promoting play, parenting classes, Flying Start childcare and development sessions, toy library, language and play and number and play where parents and their children can learn through song and games
“All of this work is communicated to residents via our Family Information Service, which decided to bring all of its work to life and take it out to the communities, so people could see – and experience - for themselves just what is on offer via our Family and Early Years provision and the wider partnerships we have forged.
“We know thousands of young people and the families had a great time at the fun days, which was our aim. But we also hope they left after a day of activities with a better understanding of the sheer range of support and information that is on offer to them, and how they can access it every day via the FIS.”
Find out more about the FIS, Family and Early Years Services and support for families via www.rctcbc.gov.uk/fis