Hundreds of Children Enjoy Council Summer Schemes

Wednesday 4th September 2019

As children put their uniforms on and head back to school after the long summer holidays, many are reflecting on what was a fun-filled time thanks to a variety of summer schemes held throughout Ards and North Down.

Five kids at the summer scheme in Ards Blair Mayne

Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex hosted its first Pan-Disability Summer Scheme for two weeks in July. The Complex received a lot of positive feedback from parents and such was its success that a third week was added to the schedule in August.

The scheme was aimed at children aged 6 to 14 with a disability. It gave them an opportunity to play games in the sports hall, adventure golf in the Blacklight Adventure Zone as well as swim and play in the Minor Pool where a pool hoist was available.

Meanwhile, the Council’s Community Summer Scheme programme was held in community centres from Ballygowan to Portavogie. They helped to take the stress away from parents and kept around 280 kids occupied, informed and entertained through a variety of fun activities that culminated with an impressive Newtownards flash mob that raised awareness about plastic pollution.

The Community Summer Schemes took place over a three-week period between 23 July and 9 August and were operated by the Council’s Community Development Team in conjunction with the dedicated efforts of some local volunteers.

Community Centres provided the hub for each scheme with George Green (Bangor), Redburn (Holywood), West Winds (Bangor), Ballygowan and Portavogie centres hosting lots of different activities for children aged between 5 and 11.

Those activities included forest walks and bug hunts, cookery, beach walks, dancing, arts and crafts plus lots of games such as street hockey and bowling.

Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Bill Keery, said:

“All of the children really enjoyed their time in the Council’s Summer Schemes. They took part in many different activities and the schemes have provided them with lots of great memories from the summer of 2019 that they can cherish for years to come.”