Upcoming Events

Here are some of the events that are going to be taking place around the country in the coming months – we plan to be at most if not all of them, so if you are going too let us know if you would like to meet up!

REPS  REPs Roadshows: If you are an endorsed provider, these roadshows offer a great opportunity to offer bitesize master classes to REPs members so they can get a feel of the training you offer. Find out all the details on the REPs website.

LIW Leisure Industry Week: LIW is the UK’s largest gathering of leisure decision makers, influencers and buyers, bringing together thousands of like-minded professionals to shape the future and growth of the sector, and is taking place in Birmingham on 20-21 September 2016. Full details here.

foodmattersFood Matters Live: The conference will address the political, social and economic issues surrounding the complex and challenging relationship between food, health and nutrition. 400 speakers across 80 seminar sessions and 17 live debates taking place at the ExCeL in London on 22-24 November 2016.

REPS_BADGE_CPD 6_LOGO SkillsActive Training Days: We have released September dates for the next tutor, assessor and internal quality assurance workshops for anyone seeking endorsement or wanting to brush up their skills. The places are filling up first so don’t miss out! Full details here.

meynell National Playwork Conference: The 15th National Playwork Conference will be taking place in Eastbourne, East Sussex on Tuesday 7th March and Wednesday 8th March 2017. Find details here of the first call for presentations.

 

Contact us at endorsement@skillsactive.com if you would like your event in our next newsletter.

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The 13th National Playwork Conference

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SkillsActive was represented at the 13th National Playwork Conference on 3-4 March by Hanna Boyce, Professional Development Manager, and Jonathan Campbell-Jones from the SkillsActive Registers team:

We arrived to a wet and breezy Eastbourne morning, which soon transformed into the sunshine promised for the next two days.  Exhibition space sorted, we spent the first day chatting to some of the 300+ playwork participants about SkillsActive, the importance of endorsement, quality assured endorsed training, and the Register of Professional Playworkers, gaining some new members and receiving welcome feedback from existing members.  The range of workshops on offer and their timings ensured a steady flow past our stand throughout the day, and our Register yo-yos proved particularly popular!

Meynell Games is one of SkillsActive’s Endorsed Providers and everyone attending the conference was awarded 3 CPD points, which register members are able to record against their CPD commitment.

The evening Gala Dinner provided a night of entertainment second to none – live music, magicians, jugglers, and some playful audience participation contributed to a really entertaining evening.  A highlight of the evening was the 6th National Playwork Awards which, having started out as simply a nice way to give representatives from the sector a pat on the back, have now proved prestigious enough to add weight to business initiatives.  With Meynell entertaining us as compere with sometimes thought provoking but often amusing speeches interspersing the awards, the recipients were enthusiastically congratulated by the audience.

SkillsActive is proud to sponsor the Paul Bonel Memorial Award, dedicated to the memory of its namesake, who headed the playwork team at SkillsActive for many years and sadly passed away in 2010.  Hanna was invited to take part in the judging panel, and was delighted to be asked to present the award.  The recipient was Darren ‘Coco’ Roberts, a play and youth worker at the Venture Adventure Playground in Wrexham, Wales, who was tragically killed in a car accident just before Christmas. Congratulations to all the recipients, and also to the other nominees.

The rest of the evening was spent on the dance floor, which was impressively packed for the remainder of the evening!

Day 2 was another bright and cheerful day, and despite the late night the level of enthusiasm remained high, and the playful atmosphere carried on until pack up time in the afternoon.

Thanks to all the delegates we met during our two days, it was a great chance to talk to you and we look forward to working with you towards endorsement.

Thanks also to our fellow exhibitors, the Out of School Alliance, for giving us the opportunity to play with their lollypop catapults, which jettisoned coloured ping-pong balls across the room at unexpected moments!  Also, major thanks to Meynell for putting on another fantastic conference, and we look forward to returning next year!

To keep up to date on news of the 14th National Playwork Conference, visit the website here.

What’s on? Find out which events the SkillsActive Professional Development team will be attending

SkillsActive’s Professional Development team attends many events around the UK and Europe in order to speak to training providers old and new. Here’s a quick update on where we will be over the coming months…

Food Matters Live – 18-20 November 2014, ExCeL London

This will be our first visit to the three-day Food Matters Live Conference, which looks at the world of food, health and nutrition.

Move It  – 13-15 February 2015, Olympia London

We will be attending Move It UK again next year, if you at the show and would like to meet up let us know with the details below.

The National Playwork Conference 3-4 March 2015, East Sussex

The Professional Development team will be present at the 13th National Playwork Conference in Eastbourne, East Sussex and look forward to meeting up with our Playwork Endorsed Providers there. If you are not from the Playwork sector but are interested in diversifying to complement the areas you work in with children, this is a great event to find out more.

For information on exhibiting with SkillsActive now or in the future, or if you would like to meet with a member of the Professional Development team at one of these events, please contact endorsement@skillsactive.com or call 020 7840 1911.