Bath & North East Somerset Celebration of Achievement Awards 2013

 

Thanks to Play Team's Chris Revill who nominated me for an award in inclusive work as well as getting my certificate for completing my Level 3 in Playwork

Thanks to Play Team’s Chris Revill who nominated me for an award in inclusive work as well as getting my certificate for completing my Level 3 in Playwork

Thank you to BANES for being so supportive and these awards are an honour, i’m just happy to be part of the hard work the Play Team do.

 

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Wheels For All does music with Oldfield School

The Two Tunnels, Bath

Eugene Kertzman!

All the bikes lined up! Some had instruments attached and all the kids had small instruments to shake or bang as they scooted or cycled along

Chris with the bikes! We used the decorations from last summer’s Rio Parade in Bath. The bike above can hold a wheelchair on the front platform with someone cycling behind!

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National Play Conference March 5th- 6th 2013

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My workshop consisted of a a giant canvas with art materials for people to drop in when they wanted to contribute
My workshop consisted of  a giant canvas with art materials for people to drop in when they wanted to contribute

The conference was a hit as usual, Meynell and his team put on a great show. The workshops were top class and i just loved chatting over a million coffees to my fellow playworkers from all over the country and further. The workshop i held was ongoing over the whole conference and was a communal artwork that was based on a theme of people’s interpretation of children’s play meant to people in imagery/symbols/text – whatever they liked. For the blog entry on the conference go to my blog page.

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Make It Play It Love It workshop, The Flying Saucer event St

Martins Garden School, Bath – 2nd March 2013.

This event was a repeat of last year’s Magic Carpet but with different workshops, speakers and a whole new batch of play people!

A great day was had, we had some great visitors:

Dan Rees-Jones from Children’s Scrapstore Playpod team. His talk was on play risk and positive interventions.

He is a lively and charismatic speaker and will talk about his new work to support playworkers to be positive and really engage children who are challenging or whose behaviour makes them hard to include in play.

The workshops from the day included: Practical ideas using Digital Arts, Attachment and Play Theory, Healthy eating ideas, Risk benefit, Positive Interventions  and mine – Make it, Play it, Love it!!

My workshop Make It Play It Love It
My workshop Make It Play It Love It

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What people mostly enjoyed about the workshop was that it was a time for them to play, rather than learning how to facilitate play of children, it was time for them to be on the other side. They said they found it relaxing, and liked my strong emphasis on never telling the children at a play setting they were going to do an activity, but rather you would start playing yourself and then welcome those that felt like joining you. So the flow of their play was not disrupted, you are just offering more loose parts rather than taking control of the children.

When I worked at Fosseway School during play-schemes, there was a mixture of this structured play. Activities were offered formally to the children so they knew what was on offer and they could choose between 2 or 3 so they were in charge of their next actions. This works for some children, many of the children that attended playscheme at Fosseway had ASD, so they benefitted from some structure so they were emotionally able to play.

If you would like me to run a workshop for your school, conference or training event then email me on lilyrosina16@gmail.com. Thanks.

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Santa Scooter parade – December 2012

I volunteered at a Play Team event before christmas, helping the children who were attending the workshops, bling out their scooters before a competition was a held for the best-looking scooter. I’m below, at the back 2nd from left next to Stuart Rouse form WPA.

We had competitions, food and a scooter makeover workshop

We had competitions, food and a scooter-makeover workshop. We then showed off our hard work with a ride through the crowds of Midsomer Norton Highstreet with Santa. He was being pedalled along on one of our fantastic Wheels For All adaptable bikes.

All the blinged up scooters being paraded through the highstreet

All the blinged up scooters being paraded through the high-street

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Wheels For All 

Paralympic Olympics Bath Torch event – Rio Carnival!

August 2012

Rainbow People!

Rainbow People!

These pics were taken before setting off on the carnival parade, beautiful decorations on our bikes!

These pics were taken before setting off on the carnival parade, beautiful decorations on our bikes!

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Celebration of Achievement awards evening, July 2012

Me and my certificate on the night, i recieved it for organising a fun day for families with disabled children at Fosseway School
Me and my certificate on the night, i received it for organising a fun day for families with disabled children at Fosseway School

Thank you to Karen Fleming, Alice McCol and Chris Revill from the Play Team at Bath & North East Somerset Council for giving me the opportunity to organise the fun day, supporting me and nominating me for the award.

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The Magic Carpet,St Martins Garden School, 2012.

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The Magic Carpet event organised by the Play Team for Bath and North East Somerset…the kids had to judge our creations with the loose parts we were given. we didn’t win unfortunately.

The Magic Carpet Event held by the Play Team at Bath and North East Somerset, was a half-day of discussions, workshops, munching on amazing food and inspired by the fantastic Fraser Brown. I attended the event with my friend Sally Richards who wanted to gain some insight into the world of playwork, something she’d not given enough thought to whilst working as a Teaching Assistant at Castle Primary.

The highlight of the day was a talk by Fraser. I was in complete awe when hearing about his work in Romania with the orphans that had been play-deprived. It was heart-wrenching seeing these babies and children, some as old as 8 years be kept prisoner in their own cots. No love, affection or interaction, let alone playtime. After spending long periods of time with the orphans and staff, the children gradually started to play. The progress we seen was phenomenal. Some didn’t do as well as others, but most were adopted or fostered and eventually lived a normal life.

His current project in Romania, the ARC.

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Sunday Funday at Fosseway School

I coordinated a Fun Day on the 20th May for families in Bath and North East Somerset that have children with special needs, on behalf of Aiming High Parents and Carers Group.

Sunday Funday
I coordinated a Funday on the 20th of May, Fosseway School, Bath. The day brought children with special needs and their families together for a day of play.

The Fun Day was my first opportunity to be involved with the organising of an event in Play. I worked alongside the Play Team for the council, Karen Fleming, Chris Revill and Julie Brown who put together our Play Networking and training. I was very excited about the day, it had a bouncy castle, Woodland Crafts, face-painting, arts and crafts, messy play, den-building, PE activities and Chris’ Wheels For All bikes. These bikes are fantastic for disabled children, being specially built for those that may not have full use of their bodies.

The whole idea of the day was to connect communities and have lots of fun playing as families! There was plenty of advice on services available and relevant people to discuss them, like the Family Information Service.

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Lilz Scrap, ‘End of Year’ Uni project – Summer 2012

This service I provided to Paulton Infants, near Bristol, gave me the opportunity to observe the benefits of loose-parts play and reflect on my experience of the children and staff’s reaction and interaction with the materials and eachother.

My chosen logo for the scrap service I provided for a local primary school

The children had a selection of tubes, reels, ropes, boxes, plastic tubes, nets, cushions, sheets of fabric….