It’s official! We’re National Playwork Team of the Year!
Team PG are jumping up and down, whooping and smiling a lot at the moment. And it’s because we have won a prestigious national award at the National Playwork Conference in Eastbourne. We are absolutely thrilled that for the second year running we have won a national award. These awards are hotly contested in the Play Sector, and it is wonderful to have a panel of leading play experts decide that Play Gloucestershire are ‘Playwork Team of the Year’.
Play Gloucestershire is all about great team work. We are a small charity that work really well as a team, on limited resources to provide lots of good playwork. Achieving lots with a little depends on good teamwork, and our Trustees, staff, Young Volunteers, and supporters all pull together as a team to great effect and achieve our goal of making play happen.
This award is for each and everyone of you. Big thanks for all that you do. Together we are a great team!
by Pip Levett, Director of Play
Starting on Thursday 6th March, Play Gloucestershire will be running play sessions in Kingsway and Quedgeley on alternate Thursdays after school: details on the poster below.
Play Gloucestershire – Kingsway and Quedgeley 2014
February half term is usually a bit quieter than other school holidays. Not this one! Despite floods, high winds and heavy rain we saw lots of kids out playing with us, and some sunshine too.
Taking advantage of the mud, in plentiful supply, we made mud pies galore and those creative Rangers used the wild sling as a giant catapult firing mud pies into home painted targets. And at The Vineyards in Tewkesbury, the team made the most of the floods by firing mud pies into the sea surrounding them.
Families seemed really pleased to be out playing in the parks after a soggy couple of months in Gloucestershire, and we had lots of great comments about tired and happy kids at the end of each day. Our campfire cooking was as popular as ever, and the Rangers are fab at filling lots of hungry bellies with free, healthy food that we help the kids to prepare and cook. The sociability of sharing hot food in the great outdoors is immense and during cash strapped times we know this is important, as is FREE, FUN OUTDOOR PLAY!
We are noticing that kids are starting to migrate from site to site across Gloucester and one family walked for an hour to join us on the other side of the City. That’s impressive and great exercise as well. We welcome all children, and our inclusive and caring approach means we are able to support kids facing difficulties in their lives and make sure they feel part of our PG family. We have disabled children, fostered children, young carers, and families with social care interventions playing together and it’s really good for everyone.
Over the week, we delivered 12.5 play days, and 397 people came out to play with us.
Thanks to everyone who supported us during February half term and especially those amazing Young Volunteers who deserve a very special mention. Three word summary – muddy, exhausting, fab! Lots more pictures in the Gallery.
Our Rangers are loading their vans with scrap, dens, fire pits and much, much more, ready for a week of non-stop outdoor play. We will be in many parts of Gloucestershire such as Sedbury, Stroud, Tewkesbury and Bourton as well as our regular Gloucester sites. Check out our timetable below to see if we are playing in a space near you.
It’s wet out there so you need to dress for rain, wind and the cold. Wellies are a great idea as well as a waterproof, hat, scarf and gloves. The Rangers love their waterproof trousers, so if you can get some, they will help to keep the wet and cold out.
We are expecting a lot more rain so please do follow us on Twitter @Play_Glos if you can, for the latest updates. Our tweets also appear on this website, so you can read them instantly here as well. We play whatever the weather, so unless things get really extreme, we will be out there playing. We hope you will too!
February Half Term Feb 17th to Feb 21st Feb
All play sessions are 10am – 4pm unless shown otherwise. If you are new to Play Gloucestershire’s Play Rangers please take a look at our information for parents and carers.
||Coney Hill Park, Coney Hill, Gloucester
||Mason Road Open Space, Stroud
Gould Playing Field, Northway, Tewkesbury
Danes Hill Play Space, Sedbury, Forest of Dean (10-12:30pm)
The Recreation Ground, Yorkley, Forest of Dean (1:30-4pm)
||Ayland Gardens, Barton, Gloucester
Melville Play Space, Bourton on the Water (10-12:30pm)
||Archway Gardens, Stroud
Sebert Street Rec, Kingsholm, Gloucester
Bale Memorial Play Area, Mile End, Broadwell, Forest of Dean (10-12:30pm)
Mitcheldean Recreation Ground, Mitcheldean, Forest of Dean (1:30-4pm)
Finlay Way Play Space, Bishop’s Cleeve (6-8pm)
||Evans Walk Play Space, Matson, Gloucester
Gould Playing Field, Northway, Tewkesbury
Longlands Play Space, Bishop’s Cleeve (5-7pm)
There are days at PGHQ when we are blown off our feet by the generosity of people wanting to support a small charity in any way they can. Today has been one of those days….Eliza, aged 11, was one of the 300 people that attended our end of summer Love Outdoor Play Festival event, and told us that she “had such an amazing time” that for her birthday she asked her friends to donate money to Play Gloucestershire rather than buy presents she didn’t need. Her Mum has just delivered a cheque for £60!!!
Thank you Eliza for thinking of us and others on YOUR special day!