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BPCN awarded almost ten thousand pounds by Children in Need for ‘Play in Parks’ workshops

Birmingham PlayCare Network has successfully been awarded £9898 by Children in Need to deliver 3 weeks of Play in Parks over the summer of 2016.

The workshops will provide a range of playful opportunities using the medium of play to engage children in new peer interations, increase confidence and aspiration as well as building on communication skills.

Locations

The scheme will be delivered in Ladywood, Nechells and Attwood Green localities of Birmingham, Monday to Friday, 10-4.30pm and will include a range of social play opportunities. Rebecca Coley, Projects and Fundraising Manager said:

“The support from Children in Need provides us with the opportunity to deliver the project for children in Birmingham. We will stimulate creative and active play through providing the chance to make dens and hammocks, climb trees, play team games, engage in messy play and arts activities whilst accessing a play environment where they are able sit, relax, talk to friends and have fun.”

If you require any further information please contact: Rebecca Coley on 0121 236 2917.

14 Mar 2016

The Scrapstore Birmingham acquires Waterstones as new corporate donor

Birmingham PlayCare Network resource The Scrapstore Birmingham has recently acquired the support of national leading book supplier Waterstones as a new corporate donor.

Current support

The organisation currently receives support from a number of other corporate partners in Birmingham including H&M and Disney.

First delivery

The first delivery from the national organisation was made on Friday 11th March and included six boxes of brand new books from the Birmingham branch. Project and Fundraising Manager at Birmingham PlayCare Network, Rebecca Coley said:

“In terms of usage for our partners and settings, this is ideal stock for a comfy corner or reading area for children to sit, relax and read. It is really important for us to be promoting and encouraging behaviour like this for children.”

The contribution included at least 200 unwanted books, of which a “substantial amount” were teenage books due to be thrown away by the branch and recycled.

Influence on Birmingham PlayCare Network

In addition to the new lease of life that The Scrapstore Birmingham can provide for these books, the development of these corporate partnerships also prove to be vital to the survival and success of Birmingham PlayCare Network, with more organisations being encouraged to get involved based on the contribution of existing donors. Rebecca added:

Partnerships like this are really valuable for Birmingham PlayCare Network, and this follows on quite nicely from our existing corporate donors such as Disney and H&M. We have seen that as soon as we have acquired one well-established and reputable corporate donor and got them fully on board, it is a lot easier to get others interested when highlighting

This will definitely help to raise the profile of BPCN but also provide our members and associates with the
best resources possible from around Birmingham in order to stimulate the best quality play for children and young people.

07 Mar 2016

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