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Track 6 – Different playwork contexts

If your playwork experience has been limited to one or two different types of playwork settings you’ll probably benefit from an understanding and learning more about how playwork happens in other settings.

Room 6
The diary of a play rangerEver had your parachute set alight or enjoyed introducing several neighbours who have lived next door to each other for years but never met?

Ever fancied pioneering some Street Play but not sure where to start? Or are you simply looking for the key to bringing communities together?

Come and benefit from all the Community Play Rangers experienced in their first year of provide authentic play sessions to two very different areas in Bath, one at the centre of a rough and notorious estate; the other in front of a block of flats in the city centre.

On leaving the grassy parks with trees and streams and instead moving to tarmaced streets with street lamps and moving cars; the past year has been a rollercoaster of reflective playwork, with times of outright joy and other severely low moments.

This has been playwork at its most organic, risky and life changing.
Level: Getting started / Length: 1 hr / Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Play in a prison environment. The role of play providers in promoting family ties and reducing reoffending.Providing opportunities for play in a prison visiting environment can be a real challenge: security restrictions; stressed children and families and an alien environment flip notions of play work on their heads.

The session will explore the purpose of providing a stimulating play environment in prison visiting areas and for “family days”.

Participants will discover a range of limitations but gain an understanding of how important this hidden world of play work is.

Guidance will also be given on how to offer support to the families visiting prisons and how to link-up with other agencies offering support.
Level: Moving On / Length: 1 hr / Time: 11:15 - 12:15
The training workshop you always wanted [probably!]Pete Duncan & Ali WoodNever before will you have seen the whole process of designing, delivering and reviewing training done live and wholly interactive. Guaranteed to make you think, laugh and review your own training practice.
Level: Moving On / Length: 2 hrs / Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Adventure playgrounds: The wherefore and the why!Is the phrase ‘Adventure Playground’ a mystery? What happens in one and are they different to any other play provision!

Are they just another afterschool club or holiday play-scheme! What should they be doing……!

We’ll look at one urban example, see how it ‘runs’, how it’s funded, and can it survive in these turbulent times.
Level: Getting started / Length: 1 hr / Time: 14:45 - 15:45
Street play: opportunity or threatSteven Chown,

Nicola Butler & Nick Jackson
Play England is currently working with Playing Out (based in Bristol), London Play and the University of Bristol on a project (funded by the Department of Health) to support resident-led street play, street closures, play streets and other interventions that provide opportunities for children to play out more.

This workshop will provide an introduction to the project and ask, among other questions:

How can playworkers support resident-led play in their local area?

How can playworkers make the case for play to health and well-being boards and local stakeholders?

What are the dilemmas, tensions and challenges that street play presents for playwork professionals?
Level: Getting started / Moving On / Length: 1 hr /

Time: 16:00 - 17:00
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