‘Unsung heroes’ in Sheffield receive civic awards

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Sheffield City Council has this year re-launched the Lord Mayor’s Civic Awards scheme as an opportunity to thank local people who work in the community improving the lives of others. The Lord Mayor, Councillor Talib Hussain, was delighted to have the chance to acknowledge and value the hard work the recipients do for others, recognising that what they do is frequently done without any thanks but is done because they care. Nominations were invited from across the city in the summer resulting in twenty two people being recognised for their valuable contributions to the community. Of these twenty two, six […]

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Watch ‘Imagine being in their place’…


Here’s an awesome short video from Paizontas, a non-profit play organisation in Greece, aiming to promote children’s play and their right to play. The video conveys a powerful message in a funny and playful, yet very serious way – children’s levels of free outdoor and risky play are decreasing and we must do something about it. Is this proof that the phenomena isn’t only happening in the UK? We think so. Let the children play.

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  ‘Last week an anonymous campaign, ‘Save the Big Lottery Fund’, was launched, claiming that £320m of BLF funds was going to be diverted to compensate for forthcoming cuts to the arts and sports sectors. A quick round of calls established that there was indeed something of this nature in the offing, though we are still not able to confirm precise figures. Earlier this week, NCVO and ACEVO wrote to ministers to try and head these plans off at the pass and have made contact with various government officials. None of these conversations has provided the reassurance we have sought, hence we are […]

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The Daily Mile with Elaine Wyllie


Elaine Wyllie was on the today program this morning and gave a great interview. You can read more about her “Daily Mile” here. It would be easy to think she was talking about a play initiative at first. It gets children active, they don’t need a PE kit, it’s done in all weathers and the children love it, but, on closer inspection the ability for a child to choose whether they take part or not is limited and there is no choice of activity just a running track so it can’t be a play activity. I wonder what our members […]

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We like: Adrian Voce’s new book ‘Policy for Play: Responding to Children’s Forgotten Needs’


‘Policy for Play’ is managed and edited by Adrian Voce OBE,  a writer, consultant and campaigner specialising in policy, planning and funding for children’s play. This is the first book to look in detail at children’s play within public policy. Using the UK government’s play strategy for England (2008-2010) as a detailed case study, it explores states’ obligations to children under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the General Comment 17 of 2013. It presents evidence that strategies for public health, education and even environmental sustainability would be more effective with a better-informed perspective about the nature […]

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Yorkshire Play Member survey


We’d really like to know how we can better serve our members. There has been a lot of turmoil in the play world over the last few years. People’s needs have changed and we want to find out if there are things you would like from Yorkshire Play that we are not offering at the moment. If you’d like to fill in the survey you can find a copy of it online here.  

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Playwork Conference 2016 dates announced – register to get discounted tickets!


  Next year’s playwork conference will be taking place on 1st and 2nd March, in Eastbourne. For the 14th conference, the organisers are keeping the price the same as it was in 2015. For £225.00 you will get two full days at the Conference with non-stop refreshments and lunch, bed & breakfast Tuesday night/Wednesday morning and dinner and entertainment at the Annual Playwork Awards presentation. The first 40 places will be available for £150.00 each, which we think is quite a discount. But there is a process to obtain one of these highly sought after places: 1) You will need to preregister your interest by […]

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New info sheet – Play sufficiency in Wales

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Wales is the first country in the world to legislate for children’s play through the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010. The Welsh Government ‘Play Sufficiency Duty’, as it has become known, places a duty on every local authority in Wales to assess for and provide sufficient play opportunities for children in their areas. This information sheet provides a brief overview of the Play Sufficiency Duty and the assessment process that local authorities have to undertake. It also describes Welsh Government’s aim to create a play friendly country by providing time, space and permission for children to play. The aim […]

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National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Playwork

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A statement from the Playwork Principles Scrutiny Group   SkillsActive, the sector skills council for active leisure, learning and well-being, is currently leading the UK review of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Playwork. In response to the consultation, the Playwork Principles Scrutiny Group has prepared a statement.  The purpose of the statement is self-evident. The Playwork Principles Scrutiny Group considers that the revised National Occupational Standards should not be informed by any statement other than the Playwork Principles. Download the Playwork Principles Scrutiny Group statement Play Wales urges anyone with an interest, and who shares the concerns raised by […]

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People and Places to Play – Peter Heseltine Memorial Lectures

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The International Play Association, EWNI (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) branch, is hosting a series of FREE lectures to celebrate the career and memory of one of its life members who died in June 2013 – Peter Heseltine. Schedule: Rob Wheway Monday 12 October 2015, 10:00am – 12:00pm @ Brown’s Field Youth and Community Centre: Cambridge   Mick Conway Thursday 15 October 2015, 9:30am – 11:30am @ Leeds Beckett University: Leeds   Mick Conway Friday 16 October 2015, 10:00am – 12:00pm @ Malone House: Belfast   Professor Fraser Brown Monday 12 October 2015, 5:00 pm – 7:00pm @ Holiday Inn: […]

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