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Chance to boost playwork skills

6 October 2017
Participants enjoying a previous playwork training course run by Oxfordshire Play Association in Banbury.

Banbury residents working with children and young people, as well as those interested in working in the play sector, have an opportunity to boost their skills and experience on a local course.

Sanctuary Housing, along with Cherwell District Council, is funding Oxfordshire Play Association (OPA) to provide nationally recognised playwork training to residents.

The two-day ‘Play-Way’ course takes place at the Sunshine Centre, in Banbury, on 13-14 November and is aimed at people who are new to working with children and young people or who want to develop their skills and keep up to date with current practices and legislation.

The training, which is written by the Playwork Partnerships team at the University of Gloucestershire and accredited by Skills Active, includes sessions on playing safely, the importance of play and inclusivity, as well as time for reflective practice.

Participants will also have a chance to try out their skills with a variety of placements, including the Sunshine Centre.

Thanks to funding provided by Sanctuary and the district council, places on the course are available for just £20 – only 10 percent of the usual cost.

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “Healthy and happy play is so important to the young people and families in our communities.

“We are delighted to support a project that will help residents access training, learn new skills and have a real positive impact on people’s lives.”

Martin Gillett, of OPA, commented: “This course is a fantastic opportunity for people already working and volunteering with young people, as well as those with ambitions to work in the play sector, to gain new skills and experience.

“Every child has a right to free play and this will help us train more people in our community to provide that vital service to them.”

This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

For more information about the Play-Way training, or a booking form, contact Brid Muldoon on 01865 779474 or email trainingofficer@oxonplay.org.uk


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