Scores of youngsters turn out for weekly Play Ranger sessions at Mason Road and Archway Gardens.
The play project is funded by Stroud Town Council and Stroud District Council. Children enjoy den building, fires, arts and crafts, sports and a range of games.
Caitlin Davis, 12, attends the session at Archway Gardens. “I come every week and I am also a volunteer helper. It’s really fun and it’s always busy.”
For Leon Gaston, 10, the highlight of the session is the fire. “We sit around the open fire and get to have treats. Today it was hot cross buns.”
Described as an outdoor youth club, Play Gloucestershire offers a wide range of activities for young people aged seven to 14. The charity recently won a prestigious national award for ‘Sustaining Frontline Playwork’.
Pip Levett, Director of Play, said “We have more than 80 young people attending our free outdoor play sessions in Stroud.
“Play is an essential part of a healthy childhood and our activities are very popular, whatever the weather all year round. Outdoor play is a great way to develop essential life skills and has fantastic therapeutic qualities as well.
“It’s fantastic that Stroud Town Council have been so committed to this project. They really value it and understand the need to invest in positive activities for school aged children in the Town.”
The Play Rangers are at Mason Road Playing Fields on Tuesdays and at Archway Gardens Play Area on Thursday. During term-time sessions run from 4pm-6pm and during school holidays between 10am and 4pm.