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Play workers celebrate the ‘Great Get Together’ with a...

Play workers celebrate the ‘Great Get Together’ with a ‘cake and cuppa’ event in Solihull

15 June 2017

Play workers at the Meriden adventure playground in Solihull, are holding a ‘cake and cuppa’ morning on Saturday 17 June as part as of the Great Get Together in memory of MP Jo Cox and to celebrate all the good-will in the community. 

WHEN: Saturday 17 June at 11:30
WHERE: Meriden adventure playground, Chelmsley Wood, B37 5TB

The event, organised by members of Unite, Britain biggest union, is one of more than 100,000 set to take place in communities across the country this weekend (16-17 June) to mark the first anniversary of Jo’s murder in her constituency of Batley and Spen. 

Chelmsley Wood residents are being invited to come along to say a big ‘thank you’ to the many people who have volunteered and helped raise money to keep their cherished community adventure playground open and free to young people. 

Winner of the Frontline Playwork award at this year’s National Playwork ceremony in March, the Meridian Adventure Playground is a vibrant community resource, used by up to 450 children a day during the school holidays.  

Colenzo Jarret-Thorpe Unite national officer for community, youth and play workers said: “Unite is extremely proud of our play worker members in Solihull supporting the Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox this weekend.

“In her maiden speech to parliament, Jo said ‘we have more in common, and are far more united than that which divides us.’
"It is community projects like the Meriden adventure playground that bring communities together. It is play workers and volunteers that have worked tirelessly, raising much needed funds so that the young people of Chelmsley Wood have somewhere safe to play and learn. 

“On Saturday, the community has been invited to come along to remember Jo Cox and celebrate her community spirit. It is also an opportunity to say a big thank you to all of the people who have worked so hard to keep their cherished community project open and free for young people and their families.” 

In addition to regular open, access play sessions for 0-16 year olds, the Meriden adventure playground supports disabled children in partnership with Solihull Life Opportunities (SoLO) and runs youth service projects with Solihull metropolitan borough council Engage.  

It also works with Fare Share on a food and cooking project and provides various other small projects and activities for the young people of Chelmsley Wood. 

ENDS 

For more information please contact, Unite campaigns officer Chantal Chegrinec on 07774146777 

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