Community Play Ambassadors is a Play Wales project that’s being run across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
The project will include working with local people to establish Play Action Groups to identify ways to sustain regular play opportunities. The project has been designed to make the best use of existing community assets such as open spaces, streets and school grounds. These groups will enable neighbourhoods to be more play friendly.
The project will also support young people aged 14-19 to become volunteer Community Play Ambassadors through training, qualifications and placements in playwork settings, enabling them to facilitate neighbourhood-based play opportunities.
Using existing Play Wales resources and qualifications, we will deliver playwork training and ongoing mentoring to the Ambassadors during the first two years of the project. The Ambassadors will be connected with community members who will support the creation of rich and varied play opportunities locally. By doing this the project will engage with over 500 children.
The Ambassadors will have a unique opportunity to act as advocates for play and, by working with supportive adults, will have a tangible impact on the opportunities to play in the project communities.
To implement the project, Play Wales is working in partnership with:
- Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales
- Cardiff Children’s Play Services
- Cardiff and Vale University Health Board/Public Health Wales Local Public Health team
- Vale of Glamorgan Sport and Play Development team.
We hope the lessons learned from the project will help us to develop it in other areas in the future.
This project is funded through the new Healthy and Active Fund (HAF).