PlayBoard’s Youth@Play programme launched in early 2020. The programme, funded by the Department of Education through the Education Authority, builds on the capacity of youth workers to facilitate play in youth centres for their younger members.

The pilot programme is currently being delivered to youth settings in Belfast, Armagh/Craigavon, and Banbridge and includes 1-1 support and playwork training for workers and young leaders. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place since March 2020, the programme has been adapted for online delivery.

Almost a year into the programme we talked to two participants about their experiences so far.

Focus On Youth@Play - Gary Dougan

Gary Dougan

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Focus On Youth@Play - Mark Mead

Mark Mead

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If you would like further information on the programme download the flyer or email Peter McCartney, Training Coordinator at

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