MORE than 560 children took part in play sessions over the half-term break with Torfaen Play Service.

The Play Service provided a range of activities over the holidays encouraging children to play and get active in a friendly and safe environment.

More than 500 children joined in the free sessions where arts and craft, music, group games and activities were delivered.

Another 60 children who require one-to-one support also had the opportunity to join in with the specialist respite and short break sessions.

Paid Play Workers were assisted by more than 70 volunteers, who gave up their time to offer this free service.

Cllr Mandy Owen, executive member for children and young people at Torfaen council, said: “It is integral that we provide free opportunities for children to play safely in their community line with our Play Sufficiency Action Plan.”

Play Service manager Julian Davenne added: “The playschemes are vital for children, young people and the wider community.”

As well as offering an opportunity for children to play, some of the schemes provided information on the other services and support provided within the authority, and some of the service’s partners popped into sessions to see if any families needed additional advice or support.