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Swansea's play heroes thanked by Lord Mayor

VOLUNTEERS who give up their time to support children's play opportunities across Swansea have been thanked by the Lord Mayor.

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Cllr David Phillips hosted a special event at the Mansion House to highlight the great service they provide.

Volunteers support a wide range of projects in Swansea including the Community Farm in Fforestfach, Morriston Playscheme, Morriston Young People's Group, Buddies, EYST, Play on Wheels, Clase Family Centre.

Cllr Phillips said: "Swansea is leading the way in recognising children's rights and these volunteers make a major contribution to ensuring that every child's right to play is met.

"Thanks to their involvement, children and young people have places to go and things to do. It's reassuring to know that people such as these are passionate about play - and I'm pleased to be able to help them spread the word of its importance."

Sophie De Marco, Child & Youth Worker at Swansea Community Farm, said: "Our dedicated volunteers contribute to the daily life of our working farm including giving their time to help make our amazing play schemes as fun and inclusive as possible for all.

"They have shown a huge commitment in encouraging families and children to enjoy our beautiful and natural site and we cannot thank them enough.

"The afternoon at the Lord Mayor's Award Ceremony recognised their hard work and reflected how valued they are."

Morriston Play Scheme provides free play sessions for children and young people throughout the year, both after school and during holidays.

Nick Moule, play development worker at the scheme said: "Our young volunteer programme provides opportunities for young people from the age of 11 and over to volunteer within our organisation, whilst developing knowledge, skills and confidence.

"We are extremely proud of all of volunteers, and they are the lifeblood of the project. Without their hard work, commitment and continued support we would not be able to operate at our current capacity level, and would not be as strong as an organisation."

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