Save the Children, a humanitarian aid organisation runs playgroups and youth clubs in Belfast.

Save the Children is an international charity which has a long association with war-torn parts of the world. A rapid expansion of its services has been ongoing in the city of Belfast since August when violence erupted and thousands of people were forced to flee their homes.

At the Save the Children headquarters in Bryson House toys for children in need are being sorted by volunteers.

The current focus is on children from pre-schoolers to twelve years old, explains Alison Bell. While there are established clubs and activities for older children and teenagers, the younger age group were left out and not always able to play outside due to,

Crowded streets, lorries rushing up and down.

Social disturbances across many communities also resulted children being confined to the home after school, as it was not safe for them to go to parks or similar recreational areas.

Community relations workers who were all too aware of these issues across the city have helped facilitate the creation of playgroups for preschool children. Play centres for five to eight year olds, and junior clubs for eight to twelve year olds have been set up.

Sectarianism is not an issue for the parents who are very supportive of the Save the Children initiatives says Alison Bell, and all children are welcome,

Our doors are open to the child who's in need, no matter what he comes from, what denomination.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 November 1971. The reporter is Kevin Myers.

Parts of the footage shown here is mute.