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!
Our new tractor swing, kindly donated by Timberplay, has been installed!
You can now donate online to the playground using Virgin Money Giving. If you are a UK taxpayer your donation will be increased by 25% through the Gift Aid scheme. Just click on the button to donate!
We are delighted to announce the success of our funding bid to BBC Children in Need, who have awarded a grant of over £111,000 to the playground. The grant will fund the salaries of our playworkers and sessional staff for the next three years, and pay for the refurbishment of the kitchen area.
We announced this fantastic news to the children and their families during our Halloween Fun Day on 31st October. A massive thank you to Children in Need for their support!
Our next Family Fun Day will celebrate Halloween on Saturday 31st October from 12.30 to 3.30. There will be spooky fun and games, dressing up, shadow puppets and scary soup… Come and join the fun!
When it gets dark some families are getting together to take a “ghost walk” through the cemetery, meeting at 4.30 by the playground gates. All are welcome but please note this is not an event organised by the playground – do not send children unaccompanied and bring along your own torches etc.
We are delighted to have received a £1000 donation from local resident Mandy Boyce this week, in memory of her father Brian Giblin, who was involved in building some of the original equipment on the playground. Mandy’s brother Peter and his wife Glenda still volunteer with us, and were also recognised this week with a civic award for their work, alongside volunteer Diane Johnson, our Chair Yanina Koszalinski and trustee Alan Hancock.
Mandy said, “I thought about having a plaque on a bench to remember Dad, but donating the money to the playground seemed a more lasting tribute to his memory.”
Architecture students at the University of Sheffield are currently undertaking a “Live Project” to design new self-build material equipment for the playground using salvaged and donated materials, and Mandy’s donation will ensure the designs can be built. Yanina said, “Self-build is an important part of our history and ethos, and we’re enormously grateful to Mandy for helping to carry on that tradition.”
Student Jess Beresford added, “The Live Project team are really excited to get this self-build project off the ground. We are asking for donations of spare or recycled materials from within the community and local businesses that might be able to drive our design. Please give generously! Your contribution will help the children in and around Pitsmoor to have a better quality of life that is focused on play.”
Pitsmoor Adventure Playground is delighted to be hosting the final event in Pop-Up Adventure Play’s World Tour on 28th November.
Morgan and Suzanna from Pop-Up Adventure Play will give a presentation followed by a question and answer session, lunch, and a chance to participate in some play at the playground!
Book now for this event!
It’s National Play Day and to celebrate we’re holding a family fun day and will be open until 4pm today! The Lord Mayor, who has nominated the playground as one of his chosen charities for 2015, is visiting to officially open the big slide. There will also be face painting and sports alongside our usual activities. Come along and join the fun!