Earlier this year Royton’s Labour councillors agreed to use some of their individual budgets to fund summer activites for young people in their wards. As a result this summer there has been a free activity every weekday in Royton.
Oldham Play Action group (OPAG) provided sessions in Royton Park, Bulcote Park, Tandle Hill Park and Royton Library, with a total of 870 visits made by local families. Some sessions were also provided on the Oozewood Estate.
The feedback from parents has been fantastic:
‘Great variety of activities, very friendly staff and a brilliant way to support families throughout the summer. Thanks very much.’
‘The leaders are fab and it’s great to have community activities on the doorstep’
‘So glad to know we can go somewhere local and it doesn’t cost anything’
‘Lots of different crafts to explore as well as a range of physical activities, much better than being stuck at home bored!’
‘A great idea, thank you!’
‘Very enjoyable, kids really interacted and engaged in the activities.’
‘Great activities, lots of resources’
‘Amazing crafts and games for the children’
With the scale of Tory cuts, and austerity biting for families, we know how difficult it can be to find something affordable for children to do in Royton and across the borough. Councillors are committed to ensuring there are lots of opportunities for Royton children, and will be publicising further opportunities locally in the near future.