Friday, 21 September 2018

Closure threat to play scheme

THE outgoing chairwoman of a children?s play scheme in Henley has warned that it could close if another parent doesn?t take over her role.

THE outgoing chairwoman of a children?s play scheme in Henley has warned that it could close if another parent doesn?t take over her role.

Vanessa Lakatos, 42, of New Street, is stepping down from the group, which is known as HOPS, after two years.

The scheme, which is traditionally run in the second week of the summer school holidays, has been running for more than 35 years and offers daily activities for up to 250 children from years one to seven.

Mrs Lakatos, whose daughters Jana, 12, and Yasmin, nine, have used the scheme for several years, said she and her children would be ?extremely upset? to see it close if her successor could not be found.

?The children go and do different activities and all have a lot of fun,? she said.

?They meet new people and it helps them to build confidence. Some can be nervous on the first day but they?re bouncing by the end.?

The next scheme will be run at Trinity School in Vicarage Road from July 27 to 31 and the activities on offer will include a beauty parlour, needlework, arts and crafts, cricket coaching and an obstacle course.

The chairwoman of HOPS is required to organise and attend six meetings a year and help with organising activities. She also has to be present during the week it runs.

All committee members? children attend the scheme free of charge.

Despite the roles of chairwoman and treasurer being advertised on social media and through local schools, no parents have come forward to volunteer.

Mrs Lakatos said: ?If anyone who is interested could come when we run the scheme this year it would help them understand how it works and what goes on.

?I am happy to help someone with the handover period ? I?m not going to just leave.?

Anyone who is interested should email hopshenley@gmail.com

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