Roald Dahl week gets underway in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens

A week of Roald Dahl themed activities aimed at children has begun today in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens.

Children taking part in the activities at Roald Dahl week.

Educational activities with a Roald Dahl theme are planned throughout the week designed to cover unusual subjects that children may not learn at school, such as structural engineering or healthcare.

Oana Ciobanasu, 23, a Graduate intern said: “We have a treasure hunt with fourteen books that children need to find. We have a reading corner, and we have spelling activity where children can learn about different languages, such as Urdu, Chinese, and Romanian, as I’m Romanian, Spanish and Roald Dahl made up words.

“Today’s event which is happening right now is salsa dancing.”

It is the event’s second year and it is again part of Community Week, which coincides with National Student Volunteer week.

Grant Johnson, 29, an outreach support worker at Sheffield Hallam University said: “Community week, is an annual event that runs every year during half term. To demonstrate the positive impact that students have on the city during their time in Sheffield and to give something back to the city.”

The event is open to everyone but organisers hope to reach children from all backgrounds.

Mrs Ciobanasu said: “A lot of these children are from first generation families, so they don’t have any idea about, or contact with universities. They are from low income areas as well.
“Universities should have a responsibility to help the groups that need more support to get to university.

“It’s a relief for parents at half term. Parents can spend a few hours with us while the children enjoy the activities”

The event begins today and will run all week between 10am and 4pm in the Winter Gardens.