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 with 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, undiagnosed 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 Pip on e-mail pip @ interplay.org.uk or on 01792 561119 Ext. 4
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 Dai on email dai @ interplay.org.uk or call 07741742290
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 Levelling the Playing Field project. In 2015 he 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 on after school projects. He has also worked with MixTup, Play Right, and one to one work through the Shaw Trust whilst 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 started to learn Acro-balance skills.
For all you gaming fans out there Tom is a massive gamer - his favourite 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 Tom on email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07741841470
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 Regional Wellbeing Officer. Abi's job is to oversee the mental health and wellbeing of all children and young people that access Interplay provision.
Abi is a self-confessed nerd, so she fits right in at Interplay. She enjoys nothing more than playing PS4, she enjoys adventure games and once nearly broke her arm falling out bed playing a game!! When not play computer games Abi likes to go to gigs and go out and about on "walking exploration".
Contact Abi on email email@example.com or call 07741841587
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 Levelling The Playing Field, 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, and 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.
Helen currently works on the Wellbeing for Early Years ICF project, Families First Wellbeing 4 Me project and delivers JASC and SWAT provision. During the summer she delivers street play.
Contact Helen on email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07741744272
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 in the Interplay office.
She has been involved with Circus Eruption, a local integrated youth circus, for over 15 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.
Angel works on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am - 2.30pm.
Contact Angel on e-mail on email@example.com or call on 01792 561119 Ext. 6
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
The OSCAR's Play team - after school club run at Crug Glas
Crug Glas Summer scheme - Integrated summer scheme for all children with a barrier to play including PMLD - run by Sarah Greenslade - Disability Coordinator
Play Pirate Street Play Projects - Lead by Helen Sleeman