The Interplay Staff Team
Pip Started work for Interplay in 2013 as the lead on the Enabled Project and has over 20 years experience in supporting both children and adults additional needs. Pip understands how important it is to get the right support throughout a young person’s journey from Childhood to adulthood. Due to her experience of working within adult services she feels the only way to achieve this is through having a joined-up and transparent play and transitions service that help children and young people develop the skills, confidence and well-being they need for later life.
She has previously worked for Mencap Cymru as the Participation officer for Adult services in Swansea and in many other supported projects for adults with learning disabilities in England. She has had first hand experience of child and young people's mental health issues and strives to ensure that the services that Interplay offer cater for all. That sessions are integrated and are accessible to children and young people with diagnosed, un-diagnosed hidden disabilities and mental health needs, enabling them to overcome social and personal barriers through play.
Pip likes art and craft , listening to a wide variety of music, reading, being outdoors, indoor climbing, playing computer games, spending time with her family and having FUN.
contact me by e-mail at pip @ interplay.org.uk or on 01792561119
Dai Power – Swansea Project Coordinator
Dai started work with Interplay in 2015 and has worked with young people and adults with learning and physical disabilities for nearly 30 years in Supported Employment, Advocacy and as a volunteer at Circus Eruption - the UK's first integrated youth circus.
Dai is a qualified adult education teacher and in his spare time enjoys photography, fixing computers, the occasional bit of fire juggling, DIY, watching rugby and playing reggae quite loudly. He used to have hair until he started working at Interplay.
Contact him on email dai @ interplay.org.uk or call/text him on 07436580374
John Thomas - Bridgend Coordinator
John Thomas - JT has be the heart of Interplay over 25 years. Back in 1987 John decided that it was unfair that children with Special Needs were not able to access mainstream play and from there Interplay was born. During the years JT has been away and done many other amazing things for children and young people to enable them to access play, and have a voice and a platform to be heard. In 2002 JT returned to Interplay as the Manager and has been an integral part of making Interplay what it is today. In 2016 JT became an a grandfather and now has 3 beautiful grandchildren that take up a lot of his time, so in 2017 JT stepped down as manager to spend more time with them. However, JT has not stopped playing and has gone back to his routes and focuses on play, delivering play and making a difference to children and young people .JT is currently running the Interplay@Pencoed services in Bridgend, as a play worker on the Families First Wellbeing 4 Me project and is an Interplay Play Pirate.
Tom Jenkins – Neath Port Talbot Coordinator
Tom started with Interplay as a volunteer when he was 16, working on summer schemes and worked for many years on Interplay's Leveling the Playing field project. Into 2015 took on the post of Enabled Transition Assistant and has worked his way up to his present post. He has worked with young people for over 10 years in varying roles and organisations, such as an Activity Assistant on Interplay’s Activity Schemes, as a SWAT (Specialist additional needs support) worker and after school projects, also MixTup, Play Right, and one to one work though the Shaw Trust while also being a lifeguard and delivering Outdoor Learning at a Local Primary School.
In his spare time Tom loves to go rock climbing, kayaking, basically any type of outdoor sports. He also enjoys learning circus skills such as stilt walking, fire eating, fire breathing and fire staff, and recently started to learn Acro-balance skills.
For all you gaming fans out there Tom is a massive gamer - his favorite console to play is the Xbox thanks to it’s wide selection of games, but is unsure which way to go next.
Tom currently runs the 12-25 part of the Families First Wellbeing 4 Me project which Interplay runs in partnership with resolven Building Blocks and helps out with the ENSPIR and ENABLED projects
Contact him on email tom @ interplay.org.uk or call 07436580373
Abigail Davies – Interim Wellbeing Officer
Before joining Interplay Abi volunteered for the charity Nightline and worked as a play worker for Penclawdd Play club. She had a degree in English and creative writing, which she uses to help children express themselves. She also has undertake training in many mental health support areas and PASS facilitator training.
Abi started work for Interplay in 2017 as an Early Years Play Worker and is currently employed as the Interim Wellbeing Officer taking over from Rae, who has now left Interplay to start a teaching qualification. Ab i's job is to oversee the mental health and wellbeing of all children and young people that access Interplay provision.
contact her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Sleeman - Play and Transition Officer
Helen started working for Interplay in 2003 as Play Worker on our summer scheme and became the an Interplay Play Leader in 2004. Since then she has worked on many different projects, such as Leveling The Fields, been a long term SWAT worker and a Play Pirate.
Helen started her career in play work when she left school and has been working in the field of play and leisure for over 30 years. During that time she has also worked for Playright, Welcome to play, African Community Centre, Action for Children and Swansea Council play team.If asked Helen would say her hobby is play, as if she has any free time she can be found running a play sessions somewhere. She is also a mean Pool Play and can always give you a lesson.
Lindsey Dewitt - Youth officer
Lindsey started as a volunteer for her placement at University as a Youth Worker in 2015, she graduated in 2016 in BA Youth & Community Work. After graduating, she had her baby girl and returned in April 2018 as a Youth Worker and was soon after promoted to Youth Officer in October 2018. She works in both Swansea and Neath projects for young people aged 11 - 25: ENspir, Enabled and the Wellbeing 4 me projects.
She has a passion for helping people and making all sessions as fun as possible!
She loves music, it is her favourite thing to do ever! She has been the lead singer of a band and plays a little guitar.
Her other hobbies include baking, art and going to the gym (when shes not looking after her bouncy 2 year old)
Contact Lindsey on email@example.com or call her on 07741 841587
Angel – Referral and Project Support Officer
Angel started with work with Interplay in 2014 as an Enabled Transition Assistant and was promoted to Enabled Transition Worker in October 2016. She now works behind the scenes ensuring that we find the right Interplay service for the children and young people referred to us; and that they get the best support available.
She has been involved with Circus Eruption, a local integrated youth circus, for over 9 years and can perform a variety of skills, including knife throwing. She’s always looking for a new challenge and her biggest achievement was learning to skip fire double dutch.
She loves animals and currently assesses dogs for Greyhound Rescue Wales and also dances for Samba Tawe.
Angel work on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9.30am - 2.30pm and you can contact by e-mail on angel @ interplay.org.uk or call on 01792 561119