Regional Play Associations in Wales
Ten regional play associations cover all of Wales.
Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan
Re-Create has operated for over 20 years and works to support opportunities for play and creativity, whilst keeping an awareness of environmental issues. Re-Create operates the Play Resource Centre serving communities across Cardiff and the Vale. The work of the organisation involves the facilitation of a play sector network and events and to continue to support the sector to engage with the strategic planning process.
Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire
Carmarthenshire/Pembrokeshire Play Partnership
The partnership aims to facilitate local and regional networks across Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire in order to develop a mechanism of support for play organisations across the region. The partnership is aiming to establish the association in order to facilitate support structures and promote play across the region. The partnership co-ordinates a regional play project, Purple Routes.
Purple Routes website
RAY Ceredigion delivers a mobile open access play service across the county in rural communities as well as weekly play sessions in primary schools. RAY Ceredigion delivers play training sessions to a wide range of trainees including lunch time supervisors, parents and young volunteers. The project is working with eighteen communities to add natural play features to their existing play areas and works closely with housing associations and town and community councils.
In 2012 RAY Ceredigion made an inspiring DVD about its activities and in 2013 launched scrapstore and arts and crafts workshops based on recycled materials and will be delivering Beach School sessions during the summer holidays with a team of qualified Beach School leaders.
RAY Ceredigion website
Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) and Bridgend
Chwarae Plant is a Children's Play charity covering both Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough and Bridgend County Borough. Chwarae Plant carries out a variety of functions including representing the needs of children, young people and play providers on appropriate partnerships and networks.
Chwarae Plant is committed to the provision of good quality challenging, attractive and satisfying play opportunities by providing training, support, advice and guidance on children's play and play provision.
Chwarae Plant website
Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot
Play Right promotes best practice and partnership working to improve outcomes for all children and young people. Play Right works on both strategic and face to face levels, advocating for children and young people's rights and advising other organisations about providing and planning for the play developmental needs of children and young people in their local communities. Play Right also operates the Play Right Play Resource Centre.
Play Right website
Ynys Môn, Gwynedd and Conwy
North West Wales Play Forum
The Forum works with the three Local Authorities to create a constituted North West Wales Play Forum. The Forum aims to raise the awareness and profile of play across the three counties. The Forum has recently established Dewis Chwarae, a charitable company which promotes children’s play across the region.
Torfaen, Newport and Monmouthshire
3 Counties Play Association
A cross-county partnership has developed a Play Association and implements a strong play infrastructure across the three counties of Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen. The Association facilitates Play Forum meetings in Newport, Monmouthshire and Torfaen and Cross County Events providing grassroots playworkers with the opportunity to gain skills, training and support across the three counties.
Flintshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham
NEW Play is an independent, proactive playwork enterprise supporting organisations and individuals to develop effective approaches to putting children and their play at the heart of communities across north east Wales. It supports children's right to play through developing pioneering projects, consultancy and research, play and playwork training, promoting and advocating for play, strategic support and regional development, lobbying and influencing national policy and translating national policy locally. The organisation employs an Executive Officer who works to advise, support, provide and plan for children's play across the region.
Powys Strategic Play Development Project
This BIG Child’s Play programme funded project has employed staff who facilitate a support mechanism and work with the three shire-based play networks and a range of other statutory and voluntary services and organisations. Options are currently being explored for establishing a strong sustainable infrastructure, promoting strong partnership working and a co-ordinated approach. The future work of the project will include implementing the vision for play through the play delivery plan, which will be updated annually to incorporate recommended actions, relating policies and strategic developments.