Welcome to Playwork Partnerships

Playwork Partnerships, part of the University of Gloucestershire is a small, creative team of people dedicated to enriching children and young people's lives, by supporting their wellbeing through play.

We support the need to create the right environments for children and young people to play through:

  • Knowledge exchange
  • Support
  • Advocacy
  • Research

Our primary focus is around creating learning communities that inspire. This work includes an offer of learning programmes from entry level training courses through to post graduate qualifications in Higher Education, as well as keynote speakers, online training and bespoke consultancy training courses and seminars.

Our Current Project

Volunteer in Play - Employment Routes (ViPER project)
October 2013 - November 2015

The aim of VIPER is to transfer a volunteer training course to improve the quality of vocational education opportunities for adults entering the children's workforce. Through collaboration, a partnership of 6 countries will incorporate EU best practice to support children's play across Europe and transfer this training programme and volunteering model to become an EU recognised training course. The transfer of the course has been funded with Leonardo Lifelong Learning Funding from Europe.

The project will:

1. Adapt, develop and blend a play training course for volunteers which aims to support learners in gaining skills to improve their chances of employment.

2. Support training providers and organisations with the resources and training to deliver 'Volunteers in Play - a route to employment' (level 2) course.

3. Support learners to access volunteering opportunities within the childcare and out of school childcare sector, further to undertaking the 'Volunteer in Play' course. 

To find out more go to our Funded Projects page or visit the project website at www.viperproject.eu

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