Questions to a playworker…

Adele Cleaver trained as a playworker in Birmingham back in 2010. She calls herself “a nomadic Brummie” who after dabbling in playful adventures and community work in Leeds, London and Birmingham and Ghana, Portugal, Brazil, Uganda and Kenya now resides in Bournemouth on the south coast of England with her 4-year-old daughter and husband.  In … Continue reading Questions to a playworker…

Meriden in the pandemic

Trustee Ali Wood describes how Meriden Adventure Playground, in Chelmsley Wood in the West Midlands, is managing to continue its vital work through the Covid crisis Like all other playgrounds, we had to close during the lockdown.  We furloughed most of the staff but kept two on to stay in touch with the community and … Continue reading Meriden in the pandemic

Level 2 Apprenticeship in Playwork

by Gill GamesChair of the Playwork Trailblazer Apprenticeship Group Over three years ago now, a group of playwork employers began the journey to build a new Trailblazer Apprenticeship for Playworkers.  Probably if those involved had realised the size of the mountain (actually that should be mountains) in front of them, this journey might never have … Continue reading Level 2 Apprenticeship in Playwork

Researching playfulness on the streets during lockdown

By Alison Stenning and Wendy Russell A bit of background This research is part of a larger project that Alison was working on, funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, focused on how organised street play sessions using the Playing Out model were remaking relationships between people and places on the street. Fieldwork on this project … Continue reading Researching playfulness on the streets during lockdown

Playwork in the North East steps up to the Covid challenge

Jackie Boldon, a new trustee of the Playwork Foundation, describes some of the different ways that organisations in the North East have responded to children’s need and right to play in Newcastle and North Tyneside: Elswick Lamp Post Play Project Playworkers from Play in Newcastle ran multiple projects across Newcastle in different school and community … Continue reading Playwork in the North East steps up to the Covid challenge

An Exceptional Summer at Pitsmoor

Julia Sexton reflects on an extraordinary period for staff and children at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground, where she is a trustee. In Rising to the Covid Challenge  I described how staff at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground had responded to the challenge of keeping the relational space of the adventure playground alive and well whilst the physical space … Continue reading An Exceptional Summer at Pitsmoor

Playwork in Progress – new session announced

Online: 31 August, 2 - 3 pm Following the success of the first Playwork in Progress online reflective practice session, we’re back with the 2nd session on Monday 31st August, 2 – 3pm. This is a chance for playworkers from across the UK (and, who knows, beyond!) to come together and share their experiences of playwork in this … Continue reading Playwork in Progress – new session announced