Families are encouraged to get outside and play

Families are being encouraged to get active outside and enjoy local green spaces with a new project called Our Space run by Community360, Active Braintree and Braintree District Council.

They are looking to work with local parents and carers to launch Our Space in the Braintree District and take ownership in organising a range of activities with their community such as rounders games on the local green and marking up hopscotch on their street or even organising picnics and social gatherings.

The idea is to get more children and their communities active and help improve the general health and fitness of the community as well as helping reduce social isolation and loneliness by encouraging neighbours to play together. Parents will be provided with support and guidance with setting up events as well as a kit bag with a range of equipment such as balls, bats and chalk. They will also have support in promoting games and events as well as health and safety advice and risk assessments.

Alongside this, parents are also encouraged to visit libraries in Halstead and Braintree where they are able to borrow games equipment free of charge such as rounders and cricket sets, rugby balls, footballs, tennis rackets, skipping ropes and more.

Councillor Peter Tattersley, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, said:

“Play is such an important part of children’s lives and the Our Space project is a great way to get children and their families outside and making the most of the excellent green spaces we have within the district.”

Tracy Rudling, CEO at Community360 said: “We are delighted to be involved in such a wonderful project. Social inclusion is so important at any age and by encouraging families to get outside, meet up and organise activities will only promote a healthier and more social community.”

Those interested in learning more about the project or helping organise events and games in their area are encouraged to call Community360 on 01376 550507 or email information@community360.org.uk

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