Future of under-threat play service secured

A Play Rangers event which took place in the south-east of the county.
A Play Rangers event which took place in the south-east of the county.

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.

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 place by the county council.

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.”

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Conservative MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, has expressed her delight that the service has been saved.

“This is fantastic news,” she said.

“I was contacted by a concerned parent and, as a mother of a child with special needs myself, I know how important these services are and the vital role of play in a child’s development.

“I have been working with the county council’s new SEN commissioner who went out of his way to find a long-term solution.”

For more information about the service, contact heather.ashburner@north umberland.gov.uk