Who are Interplay (Integrated Play & leisure)?
Many children are in segregated education and therefore day to day play opportunies. Play, leisure and social activities provide a very useful medium to allow children and young people to learn the social and independent skills that they need throughout their teenage and adult lives.
Interplay started life as a summer play project in 1987 to overcome the issues caused by this form of segregation. By providing support for children with disabilities and additional needs to access mainstream play we enabled them to been better access to the social interaction needed to develop the necessary skills. The charity has grown over the last 30 plus years to become a year round provider of inclusive play, leisure and for 2-25 year olds in the counties of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot .
We are committed to providing equality of play and leisure for young people with additional needs. Many of our users have profound learning disabilities, many have physical impairments, sensory impairments and challenging behaviour - the main criterion is that without additional support these children & young people would not easily be able to gain access to play and leisure opportunities. Interplay aims to support these children &young people to build the skills needed to access play and lesiure opportunities within their local community, to participate in existing play and leisure opportunities and support the community in accepting that young people with additional support needs have a right to inclusive provision.
Interplay aims to ensure that the standard of play and leisure provision is exemplary particularly where the projects or activities are initiated by this organisation. To do this Interplay will promote best practice in recruitment, employment, training, supervision and monitoring of all its workers.