Discussing the future of playwork

22 Nov

16th December 2013, 12 – 4pm
University of Gloucestershire

A meeting called by Play Education’s Bob Hughes and Professor Perry Else of the Children and Play Team at Sheffield Hallam University, earlier this year, under the title “The Argument for Playwork” broadly agreed to consider the potential for a new professional body for playwork.

I touched on this discussion in an earlier blog and, by way of a loose résumé, you can see the slides from the session in Sheffield that considered the issue here:

Sheffield Professional Body Discussion.

Since the meeting in Sheffield, some of those who attended have had further, informal discussions about possible next steps in this endeavor, and a further meeting has now been called to widen the discussion and try and gather some momentum.

Playwork Partnerships at the University of Gloucestershire has kindly agreed to host the meeting as follows: –

16th December 2013, 12.00 – 16.00

University of Gloucestershire
Oxstalls Campus – Room TC119
Oxstalls Lane
Gloucester
Glos. GL2 9HW

Directions can be found at:

http://resources.glos.ac.uk/directions/index.cfm

The group will not be able to cater for the meeting other than providing a room, but there is a University café nearby.

If you would like to attend please email Karen Benjamin at kbenjamin@glos.ac.uk

Please also let her know if you are unable to attend but would nevertheless like to be kept informed of further developments, including possible future meetings.

Finally, please note that this initiative is being taken by an informal group of individuals. It is wholly independent and has no affiliation with or dependence upon any institution or organisation.

By the same token, the meeting and any decisions or actions that arise from it must be considered exploratory and provisional. Whatever form of structure – if any – may eventually be created will, in our view, need to retain this independence: being adopted by, owned by and accountable only to its membership. Until such a body is inaugurated, this working group will remain informal and unconstituted, with an open and variable membership.

Simply, whoever from the community of playwork is able to attend and contribute will be welcome, subject only to limits on numbers because of the size of venues.

Please let Karen know quickly, therefore, if you plan to attend so that she can reserve your place.

Thank you

Karen Benjamin & Adrian Voce

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