This week signified the start of the Spring school holidays.However, this period then poses a conundrum for parents who are still working. Parents in Parkwood will now be able to send their children to a holiday programme to be hosted at the Parkwood Methodist Church from 10:00 to 14:30 every day during the school holidays. The programme is open to all children of school-going age (between six and 18). Ward 66 councillor William Akim says the programme is ongoing, but it had to be moved as the Parkwood Community Centre was destroyed by vandals after protests in May.“The holiday programme continues throughout the year. They get an amount of R80 000 to be spent across the year. Currently, as we don’t have a facility, we approached some of the churches to make their halls available through [the Recreation and Sports Department]. That is the process they followed and through this event they got permission from the Methodist Church, because it is enclosed and they have the toilet facilities. “It is quite safe, there is grass they can play on, there is enough parking and people can come and bring their kids for the day,” says Akim. Pamella Ndamase is the project coordinator for the programme and says that children will have a wide variety of activities with which to keep themselves busy.“We will have recreational games such as a jumping castle for the little ones as well as kerem, soccer, volleyball and board games. We wanted to do something for the kids since there’s no longer the Parkwood Community Centre, with the help of the councillor and Methodist Church for their venue. We would really appreciate it if parents can send their kids to the Methodist Church as it is our safest venue at the moment,” says Ndamase.Ndamase will be assisted by volunteers who will also be on hand to provide life skills through motivational talks. Akim says that aside from life skills and games, the programme is also an opportunity for the children to meet new friends and to start building friendships with other youth. “It is an opportunity for them to see that there are other choices in life that they can make and that being together with other kids from Parkwood will give them the motivation to play an active role in society at an early age,” says Akim.V For more information on the programme call Pamella Ndamase on 081 533 3069 for Parkwood holiday programmes, or Heinrich Jacobs on 083 541 3531 for holiday programmes in Ottery.