The Playwork in Other Contexts Award 2020

Playwork in Other Contexts  

Sponsored by: Unite the Union CYPW

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The Shortlist is here!Contexts shortlist 2020



  • Dan Rees Jones – Play Development Officer (Bristol Scrapstore), Bristol
  • Janine Brady – Former Head of Service (Islington Children’s and Young Peoples Service), Lincolnshire
  • Laurence Salvietto – Former Senior Playworker (Islington Children’s and Young Peoples Service), Melbourne
  • Rachel Murray – Play Coordinator (Blue Coat Primary, last year’s recipient) Gloucestershire
  • Rebecca Pryce – Director of Play (Awesome CIC), Islington

This award is looking for examples of how the playwork approach is being used in non playwork or unconventional contexts; where children’s play, for its own sake, may not be the primary purpose. This could be doing playwork within school provision, in break time or as part of the curriculum; using playwork approaches in education or learning; for creative work within communities; prison visits; hospitals or other childcare; as a mechanism for accessing funding or any other aspect where playwork is the medium and not the context.

It is also about advocating for playwork; keeping the playwork flag flying as regular funding streams dry up and finding new ways to deliver a playwork service.

What the judges are looking for:

  1. How this is innovative, what makes it stand out?
  2. What messages about playwork is it giving and to who?
  3. How this is still playwork
  4. What makes this a good project? Is there a measurable impact e.g. before and after comparison?