TWO ailing summer play schemes have been rescued thanks to the hard work of a team of Wirral residents who are trying to make their community a better place.

Former over five years ago, The Umbrella Group meets monthly at Magenta Living's offices to discuss issues affecting residents across Wirral.

After discovering that funding for two play schemes had been cut, the group took action to successfully apply for a lottery grant totalling almost £10,000.

As a result, two free play schemes delivered by Wirral Play Council - one in Eastham and one in Prenton Dell - will be going ahead this summer for six to 13 year olds.

Running over four weeks, from July 21 to August 15, children will have the opportunity to get involved in sports, arts and crafts, parachute games, talent shows, dance, den building plus many more exciting activities.

Morning and afternoon sessions are planned between 10am and 1pm, and 1pm and 3pm, which will not only help parents with childcare issues but will also give children a chance to play and learn new skills in a safe environment.

The Umbrella Group, which consists of around 40 individuals, regularly give up their time to meet and discuss ways to tackle issues like community safety, support and welfare.

Magenta Living facilitates these meetings and encourages collaborative working with other external community resources and partners.

Adam Woodcook, community resource co-ordinator at Magenta Living said: “We gave the Umbrella Group a helping hand with applying for lottery funding, but the hard work they do should not be underestimated.

"They are dedicated and passionate about making Wirral a great place to live, and we fully support everything they are trying to achieve.”

Held during the school holidays, both play schemes are free to attend, and there’s no need to book.

They take place at Prenton Rugby Club and the South Wirral Youth Hub.