Playful Communication: the joys of the ‘non-functioning’

“Communication is about our ability to share our lives with other people”             Working in play, particularly in disability and additional needs settings, has blown open my understanding of what communication is. The quote above from therapist and author Phoebe Caldwell is, to me, is the best explanation of where Iโ€™veContinue reading “Playful Communication: the joys of the ‘non-functioning’”

Play Diary: Tubes, Tubes and Temporary Playgrounds

Hello and welcome to another play diary This entry will be bit of a flashback to those couple of weeks in the summer where I got very into a bunch of cardboard tubes. Hope you enjoy! Back in the summer I got the opportunity to go into a local play scheme and run a playContinue reading “Play Diary: Tubes, Tubes and Temporary Playgrounds”

Play Diary: Cinematic Cardboard

Welcome to the first in a series of “Play Diaries” I shall be writing and sharing on this site. I do many, many things, but my favourite is being a playworker at The Yard Adventure centre in Edinburgh. The Yard is a fantastic and wonderful place; ย primarily it’s a play service for young disabled peopleContinue reading “Play Diary: Cinematic Cardboard”

A Playful Manifesto #1

Within any finite set of criteria there exist infinite ways of being. In play we discover these, play is a space where we explore our possible selves, and how we relate to our environment and other people. We learn to construct space for ourselves, we build, we destroy, we rebuild. Again and again and again.Continue reading “A Playful Manifesto #1”

Play Escapes in the Peaks

A few weeks ago I delivered a workshop to ten participants at a retreat in the peak district. The workshop was designed to be a space for adults to explore play and reflect upon what it meant in their lives. This is an idea Iโ€™ve had hanging about since the same retreat last year whereContinue reading “Play Escapes in the Peaks”