Come out to Play
In conjunction with West Sussex County Council and West Sussex Council for Voluntary Youth Services, Re:Play organised a Playworkers’ Networking event at Horsham Youth Centre on 9th July.
The two key principles of the event were to offer an opportunity for the playworkers to meet others in the sector and share experiences, and to facilitate them to develop their practice in playwork through the workshop sessions offered:
“Affective Play Space” delivered by Sarah Goldsmith from Meynell Games
“Catapult Challenge” delivered by CJ from Milton Keynes Play Association (and chair of Re:Play)
The 40 or so participants enjoyed brief presentations at the beginning of the event, starting with an introduction from our Chair, CJ, then a presentation from Sue Coates of Play England regarding the national picture for play along with information about National Play Day on 3rd August; Lisa Rumbold of WSCVYS gave an insight into more local views of the south east region and West Sussex; and finally Christine Andrews of Re:Play talked about training and qualifications.
A wide range of stands were available displaying information and things to buy, including the Milton Keynes Play Association scrap store.
All the participants enjoyed the day, and as one said after the event, “This has been an excellent networking opportunity, great value for money. It’s great to have local opportunities for this kind of thing.”
The whole event was topped by a tour of the fantastic Horsham Park with one of the park's play rangers, and an opportunity to continue networking over a picnic lunch.
Re:Play are planning another Playworkers’ Networking event in October, in another area of the south east region – please contact us if you would like more information, or would like to be involved.
Other comments from the day:
Enjoyable day – good networking opps – fun to participate, alternative thinking methods, back to basics. Really enjoyed both workshops.
Thoroughly enjoyed this – thank you.
Very good, looking forward to the next.
Good workshops – could do with some more. Very good morning.