A while ago we told you that the lovely people at Attapoll have us as a chosen charity you can donate to via their quick survey service. THANK YOU to those who have donated already!
Previously they have only been available on android phones, but this week Attapoll are up and running on the Apple app store.
If you have a smart phone and want to donate money to Play Gloucestershire for answering short (“micro”) surveys, download the app and follow the instructions.
Thank you for advance from all at Team PG
At this time of year, our Play Rangers are supporting lots of year 6 children who are feeling under pressure from their SATs exams. The build up to these tests is intense, as schools feel the pressure to secure good results. There is lots of controversy around the wisdom of testing children in this way, and the effect it has on their physical and mental wellbeing.
Our Play Rangers are supporting year 6 children through both community and school-based play. We see outdoor play as the essential antidote to exam pressures, and our afterschool community sessions really help by providing active and creative child-led play supported by kind playworkers and of course helped by some very healthy snacks. All designed to relieve stress and help children sleep well!
This year we have also provided an in-school Play Nurture Group (PNG) specifically commissioned by a Head Teacher to help with SATs anxieties. This was a creative approach to supporting mental wellbeing, and recognises the restorative effect of outdoor play.
Since Play Gloucestershire was launched in 2007, an astonishing 100,000 visits to play sessions around Gloucestershire have been clocked up by almost 11,000 children and young people.
“This is a very special milestone for Play Gloucestershire” said Pip Levett, Director of Play. “It’s incredible to think that since I established the charity in 2007, thousands of children and young people have taken part in play sessions across 84 urban and rural Gloucestershire communities.
“Our wonderful team of professional Play Rangers and Young Volunteers support local children and families, in particular those who are disadvantaged, through the transformative power of play. We believe that outdoor play is an essential part of a happy and healthy childhood. Not only are our play sessions good for physical wellbeing, but also, importantly, it helps with mental wellbeing. Our activities help young people to meet and make friends and create a healthy outdoor play habit that they can sustain for life.”
During February half term, we had lots of media interest in our big milestone, with BBC Radio Gloucestershire reporting live from our Podsmead play day. Local newspapers also covered the event, and we would like to thank all the young people that helped promote Play Gloucestershire and advocate for play throughout the week.
Play Gloucestershire rely on their fleet of vans to take play out to where children need it. Disadvantaged and rurally isolated children across Gloucestershire love our active and creative play activities, provided by our team of energetic Play Rangers. Outdoor play is an essential part of a happy and healthy childhood and since 2008, the Play Gloucestershire team have worked in more than 84 local communities with more than 11,000 children.
Our five vans are in need of refurbishment and the first van has been completed, thanks to support from the Finlay Foundation and Nationwide employees. “Our vans are a vital resource for us as we are completely mobile” explained Pip Levett, Director of Play. “The vans work really hard for us and it’s time for the fleet to be refurbished. When we arrive at a play site, the sight of the blue play van arriving causes lots of excitement, and children rush up to greet the Rangers and see what exciting things are on board for them to play with”.
We were thrilled that the Finlay Foundation and Nationwide have supported us and invited them to PGHQ for a photo shoot, and to tell them more about the work that we do. The Finlay Foundation was set up by Niki Connor (pictured below with Pip) after the tragic death of her six year old son, Finlay, who was knocked down and killed by the school bus in 2011. You can find out more about the Finlay Foundation on their website www.finlayfoundation.co.uk
To see a larger version click PG Annual Report Card 2015 LR.