An organisation that reflects who we are

When Penny Wilson was asked to speak at the recent Playwork Foundation launch event, she took her brief seriously; consulting with colleagues and deeply reflecting, both on her practice and on the chequered history of playwork representation. The result was this impassioned entreaty for an organisation that can do justice to the extraordinary work that … Continue reading An organisation that reflects who we are

Playwork foundation launches at London event

The Playwork Foundation was launched as a membership organisation at a special event in London last week. The Playwork Foundation finally opened for business last week at a special launch event in London. Board members Ali Wood and Karen Benjamin, experienced playwork trainers, writers and consultants, introduced the event with a review of the foundation's development, … Continue reading Playwork foundation launches at London event

Playwork Foundation membership launch – 8 November

Wednesday, 8 November 2017 1.00 - 4.30 pm Goldsmiths, University of London, SE14 Free, with refreshments Room number RHB 300 Goldsmiths College New Cross London, SE14 6NW  Speakers include Professor Fraser Brown, Penny Wilson, Adrian Voce and Meynell The Playwork Foundation is launching a membership scheme. To mark the occasion, this event is an opportunity … Continue reading Playwork Foundation membership launch – 8 November

The Play Cycle 20 Years On

 In 1998, Gordon Sturrock and the late Perry Else presented a paper at the IPA International Play Conference in Colorado, Canada.  The paper was titled ‘The playground as therapeutic space: playwork as healing’, later referred to as ‘The Colorado Paper’ and introduced the Play Cycle to playwork theory. In the last twenty years, elements of … Continue reading The Play Cycle 20 Years On

‘Youth vs. the world’

Like so many, Meriden Adventure Playground, in the West Midlands, is having to fight a rearguard action to preserve even its meagre level of funding. It faces an uncertain future; something not lost on its young users. These include a girl called Misha, who earlier this week delivered this message, via the playground staff, to the … Continue reading ‘Youth vs. the world’

Withdrawing qualifications is another blow to playwork

Play England has reported that CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) has closed its Level 2 Award and Certificate, Level 3 Award and Level 4 Award and Certificate qualifications to new registrations. The other main awarding organisation, City and Guilds are also now only open for registrations of full Diplomas at levels 2, … Continue reading Withdrawing qualifications is another blow to playwork

An overview of playwork qualifications in the UK

Changes to the regulatory framework and a steep decline in services have led to a fragmented landscape for playwork training and qualifications in the UK. This briefing, produced in consultation with the four UK national play bodies, attempts to clarify the picture in each of the home nations. If you would prefer to download this briefing … Continue reading An overview of playwork qualifications in the UK

Adventure playgrounds are too important to consign to history

A variety of recent projects in the arts, heritage and academic sectors have taken adventure playgrounds as their theme, bringing welcome attention to this important part of the UK play scene. However, cautions Adrian Voce, it would be a mistake, and a missed opportunity, if the surge of interest were to be predominantly nostalgic or … Continue reading Adventure playgrounds are too important to consign to history

Sharing memories of ‘endangered’ adventure playgrounds

The University of Gloucestershire has launched the report, and a short film, of its Sharing Memories of Adventure Playgrounds (SMAP) research project. The project worked with adventure playgrounds in the cities of Bristol and Gloucester to gather memories of those involved – as children, staff, families and communities – over their history, in order to explore their … Continue reading Sharing memories of ‘endangered’ adventure playgrounds