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‘For playwork, playworkers and play’

29 Feb

New vehicle for playwork nears completion of early development and tells field it will soon be ‘open for business’

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The steering group formed to develop plans for a new representative vehicle for playwork has announced that it has agreed a name and a legal structure for the new body, and is applying to the Charity Commission to register The Playwork Foundation as a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

The proposed objects of the new body, which will have to be approved by the Charity Commission before it can operate as a charity, are:

‘To advance and promote education, for the public benefit, in children’s play and playwork, in particular but not exclusively by: providing information; raising awareness; facilitating discourse; carrying out research; and building capacity’ within the field of playwork.

The new playwork foundation is almost ready to launch. Photo: Meriden Adventure Playground

The new playwork foundation is almost ready to launch. Photo: Meriden Adventure Playground

Notwithstanding these specific objectives – written within the constraint of the form of words required for charity registration – the steering group has made it clear that it expects the new body’s trustees to be guided by its founding aims and principles (developed through a series of open meetings and mailings over 2013-15 after a summit in Sheffield to discuss the future of playwork) and the needs and wishes of its members.

A survey of the playwork field in 2014-15 found that more than 94 per cent of those responding welcomed the idea of a new vehicle for playwork, and said that representing playworkers, raising the profile of playwork and campaigning for playwork services should be its top priorities.

In an email to prospective members, the steering group said it expected the foundation’s activities – in its early stages, when it is not funded – to be “modest”, but that it will, nevertheless, “be open for business” once registration is complete. It is developing a new website and a regular newsletter; and it intends to “ engage fully in the national discussions and debates that are most relevant to our field –offering a platform for the playwork community to do the same”.

The steering group will be at this year’s national Playwork Conference in Eastbourne to discuss its plans, and wants to encourage the playwork community to get involved and make use of the new vehicle.

The Playwork Foundation Steering Group is:

Simon Bazley
Karen Benjamin
Jeff Hill
Barbara McIlwrath
Simon Rix
Adrian Voce
Debbie Willett
Ali Wood

To be on a mailing list for further information about the Playwork Foundation please email adrianvoce@me.com

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