Our Vale Vulnerable Families team welcomed over 40 children with their parents or carers to their second annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic yesterday at Gladstone Gardens in Barry.
The service is funded by Welsh Government’s Supporting People Programme and currently supports over 30 families who, due to a range of circumstances, don’t always have access to things like days out or the opportunity to just to relax, be happy and have fun.
On the day, children took along their favourite teddy bear or toy and received their own picnic bag containing a delicious lunch, fruit, cakes and a drink which was provided by Hafod. Children had lots of fun with hula hoops, skipping ropes, bubbles, face painting and other games including the opportunity to water bomb their support worker. Kelly White, Patrick Holder-Mallett and Joanne Dawe were targets for the water bombs but we’re pleased to confirm that no support workers were harmed during this event, just a little bit wet instead!
This short film captures the fun:
A number of special guests went along to the picnic including the Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Councillor Leighton Rowlands who kindly drew the children’s raffle with prizes ranging from a Techniquest family ticket including transport and Amazon gift vouchers to books and colouring sets. Paw Patrol characters Chase and Skye made a surprise appearance which the children thoroughly enjoyed.
Community support officers from the neighbourhood police team also attended giving children the opportunity to make their own finger print key rings, try on police hats or enjoy colouring. Residents from Hafod’s Golau Caredig extra care scheme which is next door to the park, also went along to the event to join in the fun.
Kelly White, Senior Support Worker at Hafod, said: “This event is a really special day for children to just enjoy themselves and it’s also rewarding for the staff who support them closely throughout the year. “We’re very grateful to local businesses who have donated raffle prizes which has helped us put the event on.”
The afternoon was a great success with the families who attended as it gives them the opportunity to socialise with other children and parents as well as getting to know their support workers in a different environment.
One little girl commented “It’s been wicked, I’ve really enjoyed the picnic” while another said that her favourite part of the day was the face painting.
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