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Spirit 2017 - workshops


Spirit 2017: A healthy childhood
26 October - Cardiff. 

This year's Spirit workshops include:

Probably the best introduction to playwork in the world!

Martin King-Sheard, Play Wales

Play Wales has developed a Level 2 Award in Playwork Practice (L2APP) with funding from the Welsh Government. The qualification, which is based on our comprehensive level 2 and 3 playwork qualifications, Playwork: Principles into Practice (P3), is intended to support a playwork understanding for staff working in a range of settings.

This workshop will be part presentation and part interactive. We will explore how L2APP has been developed, summarise the content and provide participants with a practical opportunity to sample some of the course. 

L2APP uses teaching and learning materials developed by playwork experts and is designed to provide a good foundation for those new to playwork. In Wales, it is being used to upskill new playworkers working in holiday play provision but also crucially, providing an accredited learning pathway for: teachers, teaching assistants, youth workers, community development, social workers and health professionals to better understand how they can support play in non-playwork settings.

The course can be delivered over three days or six half days with assessment of skills and knowledge as well as competence in practice. This makes it more affordable and achievable than undertaking larger playwork qualifications.

Martin is the Workforce Development Officer for Play Wales and has lead responsibility for policy and strategic development related to the learning and professional development of the play and playwork workforce in Wales. He is based in North Wales and has worked for Play Wales since 2006, firstly employed as part of our contract with the BIG Lottery Child’s Play programme and more recently seconded to Conwy Voluntary Services Council (CVSC) as Conwy’s Principal Play Officer between 2009 and 2014. He began his playwork career in 2002 as a play development worker with a small charity in Sherwood, Nottingham. When not working he is mostly likely to be found playing with his family on the beach, juggling or training for a triathlon.

Playable plants and public spaces

Millie Boswell, CVSC and Matt Stowe, Cartrefi Conwy

This workshop will draw on learning from development work and research carried out in Conwy. We will focus on a model of consultation and design used by the Conwy play development team in partnership with the housing association Cartrefi Conwy.

The workshop will explore methods of consultation with children and play space auditing. We will then look at playground and public space design. In particular, we will focus on the importance of plants in public space and look at findings from a new and unique research project around plants and play.

Millie is the lead for play sufficiency in Conwy and works across the county to improve and increase opportunities for playing. She is a playwork tutor and advocate and works both strategically and in a community development capacity. Millie delivers popup playwork sessions, volunteers with an adventure playground and has spent time volunteering abroad as a playworker with refugees.

Matt is Cartrefi Conwy’s environmental development officer transformed the Peulwys housing estate into a ‘green oasis’. His study of horticulture and landscaping and his experience of many years as a landscape gardener enabled him to break new ground with his plans and designs, which have improved the community areas of Cartrefi Conwy’s properties, resulting in more biodiversity, education, community engagement and natural play. Following this work, they applied for the Green Flag for Parks award and are the first Housing Association in Wales to achieve this award.

More workshops to follow soon.