27 06, 2022

PlayBoard announces Alan Herron as new CEO

2022-06-27T08:42:45+01:00June 27th, 2022|Advocacy, Communities, Councils, Research, School Age Childcare, Schools, Young People|

Alan Herron succeeds Jacqueline O’Loughlin as Chief Executive of PlayBoard NI on 27 June, following her retirement. Alan has served as PlayBoard’s Director of Service Delivery and Development since 2009 and has more than 20 years’ experience working in the community/voluntary sector. Patricia Lewsley-Mooney CBE, PlayBoard Chairperson commented: “On behalf [...]

23 06, 2022

PlayBoard CEO retires after 18 years leading organisation

2022-06-23T14:08:26+01:00June 23rd, 2022|Advocacy, Communities, Councils, Research, School Age Childcare, Schools, Young People|

Following 25 years working for the child’s right to play and 18 years leading PlayBoard, Chief Executive Jacqueline O’Loughlin is stepping down on 23 June. Patricia Lewsley-Mooney CBE, PlayBoard Chairperson commented: “Jacqueline has been a wonderful advocate for children and young people in Northern Ireland, and their right to play [...]

9 06, 2022

FreePlay Project

2022-06-22T14:41:52+01:00June 9th, 2022|Communities, Councils, Events|

* FULLY BOOKED * Please note: These sessions are only open to those who have pre-booked and unfortunately there are no places left. In partnership with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, PlayBoard is delighted to offer a FREE play programme to children within the community. This programme provides children [...]

27 05, 2022

OUR Generation: Spaces to Be webinars

2022-05-27T15:14:39+01:00May 27th, 2022|Communities, OUR Generation, School Age Childcare, Schools, Webinars, Young People|

FREE webinars on supporting children's mental health and well-being through play. OUR Generation: Spaces to Be (practitioners) Date: Monday 20 JuneTime: 6:30 – 8:30pmLocation: ZoomBook: https://pbogspacestobe200622.eventbrite.com A free CPD opportunity which will look at learning taken from the implementation of the OUR Generation: Spaces to be programme. During this engaging [...]

19 05, 2022

PlayBoard share expertise in Athens

2022-05-19T16:23:42+01:00May 19th, 2022|Communities, Events, Research, School Age Childcare, Young People|

Play on Early Education, the second International Athens Conference ran from 27 to 30 April. Staff from PlayBoard attended the conference, representing Northern Ireland on the international stage. Alan Herron, Director of Service Delivery & Development, presented on children’s play and Covid-19 recovery and also highlighted the legacy and impact [...]

5 04, 2022

The Play Pod – PlayBoard’s new podcast

2022-04-06T10:53:39+01:00April 5th, 2022|Communities, Councils, OUR Generation, Play Services, Play Your Part, Research, School Age Childcare, Schools, TOPS, Young People, Youth@Play|

We are delighted to share our new podcast - The Play Pod. Listen now on PodBean at http://playboardni.podbean.com or find us on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. Episode 5 - Koulla Yiasouma, NI Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) joins PlayBoard CEO, Jacqueline O'Loughlin to discuss children's right to [...]

23 03, 2022

Playday 2022 – All to play for!

2022-06-08T17:51:36+01:00March 23rd, 2022|Communities, Councils, Events, School Age Childcare, Young People|

Playday is the national day for play, celebrated each year across the UK on the first Wednesday in August. Playday 2022 will be celebrated on Wednesday 3 August. We are delighted to announce that the theme for this year’s Playday is … All to play for - building play opportunities [...]

15 03, 2022

Charities and industry call for action to improve play opportunities for disabled children

2022-03-14T16:34:58+00:00March 15th, 2022|Communities, Councils, School Age Childcare, Schools, Young People|

Leading UK Charities and industry bodies call on UK councils to create accessible and inclusive child play spaces. The joint statement, launched today, addresses the need to uphold every child's right and need to play. Including Disabled Children in Play Provision, a joint statement from the Children’s Play Policy Forum [...]

14 03, 2022

Play in Crisis: Support for Parents and Carers 

2022-03-14T15:36:27+00:00March 14th, 2022|Communities, Councils, School Age Childcare, Schools, Young People|

The International Play Association (IPA) has translated their Play in Crisis series (2020), originally developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, into Ukrainian. The information sheet is based on their play research in situations of crisis and disaster. The advice is suitable for playing at home, in temporary accommodation, shelters, [...]

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