2016 – Thinking creatively and working collaboratively

AGM 2016 pic

I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in Play England’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 11 February. Your contribution to the discussions and debate on our annual report and strategic direction was incredibly valuable – and it is very much appreciated.

I’d also like to thank Wendy Russell for facilitating the latest stage in the Conversation about Play England and Phil Doyle for his presentation on ‘Design for Play’.

What is clear to all of us, is that 2016 will be another challenging year for Play England and all those in the play sector. Championing children’s right to have the freedom to play has never been more important. Helping to make sure that this message is heard both locally and nationally will also be vital.

Play England supports the growing interest in children’s play from parents, media and academics. I believe that thinking creatively and working collaboratively is the most effective way to build and sustain the movement for children’s play. I hope that over the next year we can develop and strengthen our networks to help us in this task.

The launch of our new website will, we hope, make it much easier to find resources, like ‘Design for Play’ and ‘Managing Risk in Play Provision’, that are essential reading for anyone involved in designing play opportunities for children.

We’ve also themed our information, to help make it easier to find what you’re looking for. So, teachers can just click on our schools section to view all our resources that support schools in promoting Play.

Members will be absolutely vital to supporting Play England’s campaigns. If you haven’t already joined, please do so! It’s now much easier to join – you just sign-up and pay online. We’ve also launched a ‘Just Giving’ fundraising presence.

We will use our blogs to be in regular discussion with you, and please look out for our quarterly e-zine which will give updates on our latest news and activities.

Once again, thank you for being part of Play England.

Nicola Butler
Chair of Trustees, Play England