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
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 – Regional Wellbeing Officer
Before joining Interplay Abi volunteered for the charity Nightline and worked as a play worker for Penclawdd Play club. She has a degree in English and creative writing, which she uses to help children express themselves. She also has undertaken 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 email@example.com
Helen Sleeman - Regional Play and Transition Officer
Helen started working for Interplay in 2003 as Play Worker on our summer scheme and became 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 session somewhere. She is also a mean Pool Player and can always give you a lesson.
Seren Jones - Neath and Port Talbot Play and Wellbeing Officer
Seren has worked for interplay since 2016 and started as a playworker on our Interplay@Pencoed Bridgend Project. She took on the role of NPT Play and Wellbeing Officer in March of 2019 and works mainly on our Families First Wellbeing 4 Me project, however regularly helps out on other projects throughout Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. She is great fun and loves a challenge.
Contact Seren on firstname.lastname@example.org
Angel – Office Coordinator
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
Other Interplay Play Workers
Swansea year round - Jake and Jamie-Leigh - Work on Paws, Wellbeing For Early, ENspire, ENabled and Pirate Ship. Also deliver SWAT Work
NPT year round - Zoe and Sophie - Work on Wellbeing 4 Me project supporting 12-25 year olds
The OSCAR's Play team - after school club run at Crug Glas
Crug Glas Summer scheme - Integrated summer schem for all children with a barrier to play including PMLD - run by Sarah Greenslade - Disability Coordinator
Play Pirate Projects - Lead by Helen Sleeman with Drive and play support by Justin Watson