Belfast Telegraph

No level field for Playzone

East Belfast UUP MLA Sir Reg Empey, has called for Playzone after schools club to be given a reprieve from its current funding crisis.

Playzone has been fighting to join the same bracket as other after schools clubs since learning that its funding had stopped in March. Other clubs in the same position have been given a time frame to draw up a business plan to become self-sustaining.

Playzone currently provides after school care for 24 children in east Belfast, which includes picking them up from school and helping them with homework, something which enables their parents to hold down full time jobs.

Speaking after a meeting with the Playzone committee Sir Reg commented: “It is ludicrous that Playzone are not being given the same opportunity as the other clubs to put together a business model that will see them move towards self-sustainability. The committee are actively seeking advice and consulting parents to help them draw up this plan for the future and I am disappointed that OFMDFM aren’t assisting such a forward thinking group of people.

"I would ask OFMDFM to review their decision to only offer them emergency funding until October, as Playzone is a much needed service in this community and it would have a detrimental effect on families in the area should it close.”

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