Future of play service secured

An under-threat service for disabled children and those with special educational needs in Northumberland has been saved.

The Play Rangers scheme is part of the health and wellbeing team at Northumberland County Council and involves working in schools and the community to deliver play sessions as well as raising awareness of the benefits of play for children.

Tailored packages have been developed and delivered in terms of short-break care for those parents and carers of children with additional needs.

The continuation of the service for children with special educational needs (SEN) was under threat due to funding issues, but a new arrangement has now successfully been put in.

Alan Carrick, SEN commissioner at Northumberland County Council, said; “I am pleased to confirm the Play Rangers service will be continuing its work to support children and young people. Its offer to provide holiday activities will continue as before.

“A new funding arrangement was needed to continue this work beyond August 2015, which has now been successfully resolved.”

Play Rangers is now organising additional activities for this year and 2016. For more information about the service, contact Heather Ashburner by emailing heather.ashburn er@northumberland.gov.uk