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Support Play Wales

Good news – Play Wales receives Welsh Government funding

We are delighted to announce that Play Wales, the national charity for children’s play, has received Welsh Government grant funding for the next eighteen months.

This will enable Play Wales to deliver specific activities which will support key Welsh Government priorities around play and tackling poverty including supporting local authorities to meet their duties under the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 to assess and secure sufficient play opportunities. Play Wales will develop an international centre of excellence around play; contribute to the development of the Early Years, Childcare and Play 10 year workforce plan and participate in strategic meetings at a national, regional and local authority level. It will also ensure that Playwork: Principles into Practice (P3) learners already undertaking the qualification or enrolling this year are not disadvantaged.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone that has contributed to the Support Play Wales campaign over the last four months be it by signing the online petition, writing to Welsh Government Ministers or sharing the campaign information. Also, as a team we are extremely grateful for the personal support and kind words we have received from the play community in Wales, the UK and internationally.

Chair of Play Wales, Dr Mike Shooter, said:

‘We are extremely pleased that the Welsh Government has recognised the unique role Play Wales has in supporting local authorities to meet the requirements to secure sufficient play opportunities as part of the Play Sufficiency Duty.’
 

Campaign information

You will be aware that Play Wales’ application for Welsh Government funding for the next three years has been unsuccessful. For 15 years we have successfully campaigned for children’s play, now we find ourselves in an astonishing position where we have to campaign for Play Wales.

It is widely recognised that for 15 years Play Wales has supported the Welsh Government in the implementation of its play policy into practice at a local level. After 30 September 2014 Play Wales will not be able to continue this work.

The immediate work Play Wales will no longer be able to support and undertake includes:

  • Contribution to the development of the Early Years, Childcare and Play 10 year workforce plan
  • Delivering playwork training and qualifications including Playwork: Principles into Practice (P3)
  • Participation in strategic meetings at a national, regional and local authority level
  • Supporting local authorities to meet requirements to secure sufficient play opportunities as part of the second part of the Play Duty.


How you can help

We know that your support will help us make the case for Welsh Government funding so that we can continue the work of the last 16 years. Our experience leads us to believe that if enough people support us we can persuade the Welsh Government to change its mind.

  1. Write to Welsh Government Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty Lesley Griffiths as soon as possible.

    Lesley Griffiths' email address

    If you live or work in Wales please also write to your Assembly Member. Their contact details can be found here

    We would also appreciate if you could share your letter with us 

    We have prepared an example template letter that you can sign and send to the Ministers. However, we would recommend you adapt it and make it personal to your particular situation – including how Play Wales supports or informs your work.

    Download template letter
     
  2. Sign our online petition - sign here

    Add your voice to our campaign. We know it will be of interest for our Ministers to see the extent of support for Play Wales.
     
  3. Share our campaign with your colleagues and friends, in Wales, the UK and internationally.

    Share this web page, blog about it, share on Facebook or Twitter – use the hashtag #supportPlayWales.

 

We have written to Jeff Cuthbert AM and Vaughan Gething AM, the then Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty and the Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty to express our extreme concern and to request a meeting to further discuss the consequences – read our letter.

More information about Play Wales’ achievements and contributions

Announcements and updates

Support Play Wales - campaign update

7 August 2014

1600+ signatures and counting – thank you to everyone who has already signed ouronline petition to urge the Welsh Government to reconsider its decision to cease funding Play Wales. We greatly appreciate your support.

If you wish to further support Play Wales’ campaign please write to Welsh Government Ministers Jeff Cuthbert AM Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty and Vaughan Gething AM Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty as soon as possible.

Jeff Cuthbert AM email address
Vaughan Gething AM email address

If you live or work in Wales please also write to your Assembly Member. Their contact details can be found here

We have prepared an example template letter that you can sign and send to the Ministers. However, we would recommend you adapt it and make it personal to your particular situation – including how Play Wales supports or informs your work.

Download template letter

Also, please share information about the campaign and online petition with your family, friends and colleagues – by text, email, blog, Facebook, Twitter.

 

Can you help us reach 1500 signatures?

30 July 2014 

We need your help to reach 1500 signatures on our online petition.

1500 represents 100 signatures for each year of devolution – the existence of the Welsh Government – and for each year Play Wales has supported the Welsh Government in the implementation of its play policy into practice at local level.

Please share it with your friends, family and colleagues, in Wales, the UK and internationally.

More information about the Support Play Wales online petition

If you have already signed the petition – thank you – and would like to further help the Support Play Wales campaign we would urge you to email or write directly to Welsh Government Ministers Jeff Cuthbert AM Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty and Vaughan Gething AM Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty, telling them what you do, why you are interested and outlining your concerns about their decision or to express your support for Play Wales.

Jeff Cuthbert AM email address

Vaughan Gething AM email address


We have prepared an example template letter that you can sign and email or send to the Ministers. However, we would recommend you adapt it and make it personal to your particular situation – including how Play Wales supports or informs your work.

Download template letter

 

Minister responds – campaign continues

24 July 2014 

Jeff Cuthbert AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty has responded to our petition – to read his response see the ‘Responded’ section of the online petition. It is also available here.

The Support Play Wales campaign continues.

1250 plus signatures – a big thank you for all your support.

To further support our campaign, even if you have signed the petition, please consider emailing or writing directly to Jeff Cuthbert AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty and to Vaughan Gething AM, Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty telling them what you do, why you are interested and outlining your concerns about their decision or to express your support for Play Wales.

Jeff Cuthbert AM email address 
Vaughan Gething AM email address 





If you live or work in Wales please also write to your Assembly Member. Their contact details can be found here

Finally, please share the online petition with your family, friends and colleagues – by text, email, blog, Facebook, Twitter.

 

Support Play Wales – campaign update

15 July 2014

600 signatures and counting – thank you to everyone who has already signed our online petition to urge the Welsh Government to reconsider its decision to cease funding Play Wales. We greatly appreciate your support.

If you wish to further support Play Wales’ campaign please write to Welsh Government Ministers Jeff Cuthbert AM Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty and Vaughan Gething AM Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty as soon as possible.

Jeff Cuthbert AM email address 
Vaughan Gething AM email address 



If you live or work in Wales please also write to your Assembly Member. Their contact details can be found here

Also, please share the campaign information and online petition with your family, friends and colleagues – by text, email, blog, Facebook, Twitter 

 

Play Wales redundancy news

3 July 2014 

It is with considerable regret that the Board of Trustees, further to its unsuccessful application for grant funding for the next three years, today issued all Play Wales staff with three months notice of redundancy with immediate effect.

This action has been taken to ensure that Play Wales remains a viable organisation, and reflects a commitment by the Trustees to ensuring Play Wales will continue its work advocating for children’s play.

It is widely recognised that for some time Play Wales has supported Welsh Government in the implementation of its play policy into practice at a local level.

Having reflected upon this and our other strategic successes, we will be using the next three months to draft an action plan that will identify our key priorities for the next three years and how we might most effectively work to meet them.

The Board of Trustees is seeking Ministerial meetings to explore what alternative funding mechanisms might be available to us. Trustees will also be exploring with Welsh Government how it intends to fill the strategic vacuum that it is creating.

 

Play Wales funding news

1 July 2014 

We are deeply disappointed to report that Play Wales’ application for funding for the next three years under the Welsh Government Children and Families Delivery Grant (CFDG) has been unsuccessful.

In the letter informing Play Wales of the Welsh Government’s decision, Martin Swain, Deputy Director Children, Young People and Families advised Play Wales that the application was not regarded as suitable for funding.

Play Wales staff will now be working with our Board of Trustees to consider what actions might be taken to resolve this funding impasse and to explore alternative funding avenues to continue our work to support children’s need and right to play. We will be advising our supporters, colleagues and members as to how they might effectively support our efforts to secure funding in due course.

Mike Greenaway, Director of Play Wales said:

‘Whilst we are deeply concerned at the outcome of this process in respect of its impact on Play Wales’ capacity to support increasing opportunities for children to play, we look forward to providing what support we can to Groundwork Wales who have been awarded £1,410,028 to increase the accessibility and quality of children’s outdoor play opportunities in areas of high deprivation.’

Mike Shooter, Chair of Play Wales said:

‘The award to Groundwork Wales is a timely commitment. However it is somewhat ironic that on the day that we welcome the commencement of the second part of the “play duty” that we hear that Play Wales’ capacity to support Local Authorities to meet the requirements of the new duty will be so severely curtailed as a consequence of this decision.’