In 2016 the community of Edlington found itself in the unfortunate position of losing both the Childrens Centre and the Youth Centre, due to government cuts.
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Edlington Community Organisation were asked by the parents in the village to provide some form of entertainment during the school summer holidays. With no previous record of facilitating children’s activities and no budget, they embarked on an ambitious plan to provide some forms of activities for the six week holidays. The organisation really wanted to send the youngsters off to the seaside for the day, as many of them do not have access to transport and have never been on a day trip.
Lesley Cooper from Edlington Community Organisation said “We were already aware of Refurnish in Doncaster as we had previous dealings with them, so when we discovered they were embarking on the Community RePaint project it was our first port of call! We went along and chose lots of brightly coloured paints, we had the boards donated by a local transport business and our willing volunteers got to work.” We ran lots of activities ranging from “stay and play” to Teddy Bears Picnic, Pokemon Party and a trip to Maizey Maze.
The volunteers from the community began working and the day was a huge success, with the props created being safely stored away for another event.
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