Crafty Beggars Scrapstore

The Crafty Beggars scrapstore is now closed. Unfortunately Play Right were unable to secure funding to cover the rent of the scrapstore building.

The team would like to say a massive thank you to the team of volunteers, the City and County of Swansea and three of our partner scrapstores for assisting us with the ‘get out’ process. It would not have been possible with out you!

The closest scrasptores to Swansea and Neath Port Talbot are

Re-create, in Cardiff – for more info click here


Trysordy, in Carmarthenshire – for more info click here

A full list of scrasptores can be found through Re-useful UK here 

Please keep sharing your creative ideas with us on Facebook, and give our page a like to be the first to find out about local craft and pop-up scrap events.

Crafty Beggars Scrapstore to Close

Notice to Members and Partners

It with deep sadness that the Play Right Board regrets to announce that, due to reductions in funding, the Crafty Beggars scrapstore will close.

The final day of trading will be FRIDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2014. Until then the Scrapstore will maintain the current opening hours.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the dedicated team of staff and volunteers, without whom this project would not have survived as long as it has; and to all the local and national businesses who took the time to donate their scrap materials to our project.

We would also like to thank our membership for their support of this project since 2001. It has been heart-warming and inspiring to see the amount of passion and creativity you all have, to turn waste products in to beautiful and useful objects. We sincerely hope you will continue to support other Play Right projects, in the future.

We ask you to please share this information with your groups, clubs and networks so that anyone wishing to visit the scrapstore, before the shut down date, has the chance to do so.

Good wishes to all,

John Thomas

Chair of the Board

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Project Wild Thing – Free Public Screening

Invitation Light

David Bond is a filmmaker and a father.  Things have really changed since he was a kid.  His children are hooked on screens and don’t want to go outdoors.  They want iPads, TV and plastic toys. The marketing departments of Apple, Disney and Mattel control his children better than he can.  Determined to get them up and out, David appoints himself as the Marketing Director for Nature.  With the help of branding and outdoor experts, he develops and launches a nationwide marketing campaign to get British children outside. But the competition is not going to lie down and let some upstart with a free product steal their market.  PROJECT WILD THING is the hilarious, real-life story of one man’s determination to get children out and into the ultimate, free wonder-product: Nature.

Following the world premiere of PROJECT WILD THING at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June, Green Lions are delighted to announce the film’s UK theatrical release date as 25 October 2013 in over 50 cinemas nationwide, with special events from Sunday 27 October – details at

Contributors include: naturalist CHRIS PACKHAM, Professor AGNES NAIRN, writer and environmentalist GEORGE MONBIOT, scientist JAAK PANKSEPP, writer JAY GRIFFITHS, Professor MICHAEL DEPLEDGE, advertising guru MICHAEL WOLFF, and brain scientist Prof. Baroness SUSAN GREENFIELD.

The release of the film will coincide with the launch of an ambitious, film-led campaign, PROJECT WILD THING: RECONNECTING KIDS AND NATURE, bringing together organisations, companies and individuals to get children outdoors, enjoying the benefits of nature.

The campaign is supported by THE WILD NETWORK, a brand new collaborative movement of charities, corporations and individuals, all committed to reconnecting children in the UK with nature.  Founded by the National Trust, RSPB, NHS Sustainable Development Unit, Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland, PlayBoard Northern Ireland, Swarm, AMV BBDO, Green Lions and the BRITDOC Foundation and joined by scores of organisations and thousands of individuals who want to see kids enjoying the outdoors, THE WILD NETWORK was launch in September 2013. Full details at

PROJECT WILD THING is directed by and stars David Bond (ERASING DAVID) and is produced by Ashley Jones (both of Green Lions). The film’s executive producer is Sandra Whipham for BRITDOC.

An 82 mins Feature documentary certified PG


Twitter: @wearewildthing / #ProjectWildThing

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For further press information, please contact: Elizabeth Benjamin / 07779 081 885

Play Heroes

Play Heroes are going from strength to strength in Neath Port Talbot!

The Play Hero project gives children a voice, to talk about play issues at monthly meetings, with the local play development team.

Since piloting the Play Hero project in Ynysmaerdy Primary School in 2012, 11 schools have signed up to the new initiative, and over 40 children across Neath Port Talbot have already been involved.

Play Heroes are year 5 pupils, appointed through a child-led application and interview process. All pupils who apply to be Play Hero are included in the school’s Play Hero Committee, to support the Play Hero with consultation and reporting the views of their peers. Play Hero’s become mentors when they move into year 6, helping the year 5 Play Hero to learn about their role.

So far, Play Heroes have raised issues on local parks, school grounds, bullying, lunch time play sessions, and have participated in community consultations.

The first Play Hero Conference will take place in March 2014, and will include Children’s Rights training, to support the Play Heroes in their roles.

For more information on this project contact the Play Works team on  telephone: 01639 873000 or email

This is a guest blog post from one of our partners, Play Works.

Lord Mayor Awards ‘Play Streets’ Volunteers

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGerald and Monica Powell were presented with an award from Swansea’s Lord Mayor Cllr. June Stanton this week, to thank them for their willingness and commitment to children’s play.

Both live on one of Grwp Gwalia streets used to pilot the ‘Play Streets’ Project this summer. Gerald and Monica were completely supportive of the pilot play project and took it upon themselves to bake beautiful home cooked goodies for all the neighbours out enjoying the play sessions.

Tori Wright the Play Development Officer for Play Streets said “Gerald and Monica were a huge support to our team, and brought a real sense of community spirit to the project. They cooked up a real storm for the last Play Street session that was talked about for weeks.”

Since the end of Play Streets sessions, Monica and Gerald have helped to run events for the community including a very successful Halloween street party, and they have both signed up for Play Champion Training offered through Play Right and Grwp Gwalia.

Thank you to the Swansea ChildrOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAen’s Play Team for organising the Volunteers Awards 2013, a great success.

Play Streets

Play Right has been commissioned by the City and County of Swansea to run a pilot ‘Play Streets’ project in three Swansea communities this summer.

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seen suburban roads closed off to non-residential traffic, to give children and young people a safe space to play on their own street.

The sessions have been received positively so far, with both children and parent/cares commenting that the new play friendly space has allowed the children more freedom to play, explore and make new friends.

Initial consultation in these communities suggests that children are frequently prevented Face Paintingfrom playing on their own street, due to fears of safety and traffic.

The pilot project has been mirrored in Penlan through Play Right’s Big Lottery Funded programme, and has returned very interesting results, which include community benefits beyond child development and play.

This is a new approach to play provision in Gorgeous CakesSwansea and is based on the work undertaken in Bristol

The ‘Play Streets’ team would like to thank all the parent/carers and residents who have
been so willing to try something new and for trusting the team to engage their children in outdoor play.  The home-made cakes and pasties were a wonderfully unexpected bonus too!!

For more information about this project please contact the Play Right team on

01792 448484.

Welcome to Play Right’s new website!

Welcome to Play Right’s new website!

We would like to thank the team of volunteers who helped put this site together, and all the parent/carers who have given us permission to use photos of their children taking part in play sessions.

We hope you enjoy looking through the new pages, and if you have any suggestions about how we can improve the site please let us know.