NEWS ARCHIVE: 2009


15.12.09 Christmas Holidays

Wirral Play Development Centre will close for the Christmas break from Friday the 18th December.  We will re-open on Monday the 4th January, 2010, with the launch of our brand new website.

We wish all our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


19.08.09 Wirral 'Play In The Peninsula' Launch

Wirral Borough Council's Youth and Play Service launched the Big Lottery children's play programme, 'Play In The Peninsula', today, in Birkenhead Park.  This included four rebranded adventure nature play areas, Play For All inclusion project and two projects delivered by Wirral Play Council; Community Play Rangers, and PlayPoint.

Play Champion, Councillor Chris Meaden, introduced the event - having promoted it on Radio Merseyside earlier in the day - then the Mayor & Mayoress of Wirral conducted the official opening.  This was followed by presentations from Gemma Rhodes (Community Play Rangers), Ros Barrie (PlayPoint), and Steve Chan 'Acting Head Youth and Play Service), on how the various programmes will provide access to more free play opportunities for children throughout Wirral.

Everyone was then invited to have a picnic on the grass followed by games and activities throughout the afternoon.  The favourite family activity was den building followed by the risky play 'slacklines'.


06.08.09 Wirral Play Day 2009

The weather could not have been any better for this year's Playday event at Birkenhead Park, yesterday, making it one of the best ever.

The theme this year was 'Make Time For Play' and nearly 1,000 local children did just that.  There were lots of activities on offer throughout the day including; talent competition, climbing wall, big art attack, commando nets, straw bales, and the drum circle.

Congratulations to the children of Moreton playscheme who won this year's Playday banner competition.


31.07.09 Make Time For Play

'Make Time For Play' is this year's national Playday theme, and once again the event is to be held at Birkenhead Park, on Balaclava field (opposite the visitor's centre pavillion) on Wednesday 5th August.
The event starts 11.00 am until 3.00 pm and there will be plenty of activities on offer throughout the day for children aged 5 - 14.


27.07.09 Summer Playschemes 2009

From today, Wirral Play Council's summer playschemes start today in a variety of locations across Wirral.
See the PLAY PROJECTS>SUMMER PLAYSCHEMES page for more details.


06.07.09 Summer Training

This year's summer playworkers start their training at the Wirral Play Development Centre.
Subjects will include; first aid, health & safety, sports activities, games, paper costumes, badge making, puppet making, and lots of face painting.


23.05.09 New Play Projects Start Today

Our two new projects; Community Play Rangers and the Play Practitioners Project (PlayPoint), start their first play sessions today in various locations around Wirral.
Select either project on the PLAY PROJECTS page to see their current timetables and find the nearest session to you.


18.05.09 Summer Playworker Deadline

The deadline for this year's Summer Playworker applications is the 5th June.


01.04.09 Beth's Back

Beth Hogg has returned from her big trip so we say goodbye (again!) to Acting Play Development Officer, Paddy Mulligan, and thank him for helping us out over the past three months.


20.02.09 Wirral Play Council A.G.M.

Wirral Play Council held their Annual General Meeting today at the W.P.D.C. building, in Berner Street, Birkenhead.  The executive committee was voted back in again.
Steve Chan gave a presentation on the borough's recent Big Lottery Funding.


16.02.09 New Play Projects

Our new Big Lottery funded play projects; Community Play Rangers and the Play Practitioners Project, start today.  The two co-ordinators are now in post and the new playworkers will be starting next week.
See PLAY PROJECTS page for more information.


16.02.09 Summer Playworker Jobs

If you are interested in becoming a Summer Playworker for the Wirral Play Council this year, watch out for the adverts on the website's VACANCIES page later this month.


05.01.09 Staff News

Our Play Development Officer, Beth Hogg, is on extended leave until April.  Paddy Mulligan will be Acting Play Development Officer in her abscence.


05.01.09 New Arrival!

Congratulations to Natalie Stringfellow on the birth of her baby daughter, Amelia.
Best wishes from all the staff at the Play Council.


05.01.09 Happy New Year

The Wirral Play Development Centre re-opens its doors after the festive break.
Best Wishes for 2009, we hope to see you all soon.