On Sunday 2nd April we were honoured to be guests of the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire at the Legal Service at Sheffield Cathedral, followed by luncheon in Cutler’s Hall. We met some of South Yorkshire’s top VIPs from the judiciary, local authorities, Police and Fire Services, universities, business and industry and a succession of Master Cutlers.
After luncheon and speeches we were presented with an award from the High Sheriff in recognition of the work we do at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground and received much support and congratulations from those that were there. It was great to be able to tell people about the adventure playground and invite them to come and visit!
The representative of the Queen in South Yorkshire, HM Lord-Lieutenant Andrew Coombe, took time out from his very busy schedule to visit us last Saturday. The HM Lord-Lieutenant kindly judged a cake decorating completion and delivered a very informative and interactive speech about his role and responsibilities to our monarchy, highlighting the history of his ceremonial sword.
HM Lord-Lieutenant said “The adventure playground is an excellent facility and provides a safe haven for children to play freely. I was particularly interested to hear about how they are developing active citizenship skills. Well done to all involved.”
Lauren Catlyn, who is on placement with the playground from Leeds Beckett University, assisted with arranging the visit. She said, “The children and families had a rare opportunity to view the ceremonial sword and find out its history. The children were intrigued.”
Diana, aged 9, said: “The sword is steel made in Sheffield and very shiny. It had his name on it.”
Our volunteer Kavell Graham has been recognised for his community work at the adventure playground. 14 year old Kavell has given up many hours of his time to support our activities, and has been rewarded with a gift voucher presented by Gill Furniss MP. Well done Kavell, we are thrilled on your behalf!
Pitsmoor Adventure Playground is one of the charities benefiting from the Virgin Money Super Bowl event this weekend – pins mean pounds! For every pin bowled over Virgin Money will donate one pound to charity. Come and join us over the weekend at the top of Fargate in the city centre and help us raise funds for the playground!
Eloise Green, a Y10 student from King Edward VII school, recently undertook a fortnight’s work experience at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground. Here she writes about her experience.
Most of my friends at school, when picking work experience, picked shops and offices but that didn’t appeal to me. I’ve always seen myself working with kids when I am older, so I knew that if I wanted to show I have the best experience for that type of job then I’d have to pick the right work experience now. And it was the best decision I could have made.
Instead of working inside all day, I got to work outside doing different things every day in the playground. Granted, for the first couple of days the weather wasn’t perfect but that didn’t bother me at all. I’ve always been a fan of gloomy weather and it was fun to show that I am willing to work under any conditions. In the first week I was involved in making a willow den and the rainy weather actually helped a lot to keep the willow flexible and easy to use, so thank goodness it rained!
However, not much good can be said about the rainy weather at the start of the second week when we were trying to work on developing the roof garden. However, I always like a challenge, so the heavy rain didn’t put me off getting my job done. Luckily for the rest of the week whilst we were working on it the weather cleared up which meant we could paint without having to redo it, which was good.
As for working with the kids, it was fun and very engaging. They were involved in painting pots, digging, planting flowers and making the willow den. It really showed me that when kids get the chance to develop their play areas, they will. Kids really will do anything, whether it’s dirty or not; it doesn’t put them off, they find it fun. Observing the children at the playground really helped with my knowledge of kids and how they play. I found it fascinating to see how kids go into their own world when they are playing.
Pitsmoor Adventure Playground invites applications for the role of Play Leader.
Working in conjunction with the Playground Manager, the successful candidate will lead on planning, delivering and facilitating a programme of stimulating opportunities for free play and recreational activities for children and young people at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground, actively listening and responding to children and young people’s needs.
We are seeking a qualified playworker with experience of working with children up to 14 years in a multicultural setting, who will bring energy and positivity to the play environment and provide a sense of direction and purpose within the staff and volunteer team.
Full details of the post are in the job description and person specification attached below. Applications, along with equal opportunities information, should be submitted using the forms attached below by the end of Monday 27th June 2016. Interviews will take place during the week commencing Monday 4th July 2016.
Doctor Bike is visiting the playground this Friday 3rd June as part of our road safety programme. To get your bike checked over and minor repairs carried out for free, bring it to the playground between 12.30 – 2.30pm.
We are now open on Tuesdays!
We held our first Tuesday session on 5th April, which was as popular as ever with our young people. We will continue to open every Tuesday, 3.15 – 6.15 in termtime and 12.30 – 1.30 on Saturdays and school holidays.
Come and visit us!
We attended the National Playwork Conference this week, which was full of stimulating ideas and fabulous people, all connected to the world of playwork. The Conference also hosts the Annual Playwork Awards, and this year we are the very proud winners of the award for Raising the Profile of Playwork!