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Aberdeen Play Forum wins UK award

13/03/14

Aberdeen Play Forum has won a national accolade for its innovative approach to play work.

The forum won the Play in Other Contexts category, which was sponsored by Play England, in recognition of its work with children living on Aberdeen City Council's Gypsy / Traveller site at Clinterty.

The project uses playwork to provide children who do not receive formal schooling to enjoy valuable learning experiences. It aims not only to provide play opportunities for children but to introduce music and drama-based activities which are sympathetic to the children's cultural background.

Aberdeen Play Forum was the only Scottish winner of this year's National Playwork Awards which aims to celebrate all that is good about the playwork sector in the UK.

Aberdeen City Council's Early Years Champion Councillor Jenny Laing said: "My congratulations go to the Aberdeen Play Forum team for winning this national award, which is a testament to the first-rate work they do. Children play for enjoyment and creative expression and through play they learn about themselves and the world around them so it is important that all children have the opportunity to do so – Aberdeen Play Forum enables this to happen."

Stuart Patterson, chair of Aberdeen Play Forum, said: "This is a very significant award, which recognises the commitment of Aberdeen Play Forum to provide play opportunities for all children in the city. It is equally exciting that the high quality of learning through play opportunities in Aberdeen has been recognised at UK level."

Jennifer Brownlie, play development worker, said: "The children thoroughly enjoy the play sessions and are often waiting in the park for the play ranger to arrive. They have gained so much confidence and are learning valuable skills through play."

Aberdeen Play Forum is Aberdeen's strategic voice for play. Its role is to increase play opportunities in Aberdeen - working with organisations in Aberdeen - public, private, business, charity, volunteer and community, to raise awareness about the importance of play.