Charity registered in Scotland SC050202
ELPA’s newest project aims to improve access to outdoor spaces for children with additional support needs (ASN) to play and socialise, all year round, with friends, family and peers. This project builds on several years of ELPA activity which has highlighted concerns about lack of inclusive play spaces and looked for ways to improve access to inclusive opportunities.
The aim of the project is to help us stimulate best practice on inclusive and accessible outdoor spaces in East Lothian. East Lothian has great countryside, parks, playgrounds and coastal assets but these are often inaccessible for children and families with ASN.
ELPA is seeking a creative, well organised and play-oriented person to lead our BlueGreen project. It’s a role full of opportunities to put creative ideas into practice, build relationships with children and foster children’s expression of their own ideas and views.
The project lead will work alongside our Development Team & Delivery Team to:
ELPA is seeking a creative, experienced and play-oriented person to lead our Community Play and Creative Participation programme. It’s a role full of opportunities to experiment, put creative ideas into practice, build relationships with children and foster children’s expression of their own ideas and views.
This Community Play and Creative Participation programme is made up of play projects in local communities each designed around:
• open access, inclusive, free-play opportunities especially outdoors, all-year round
• creative participation enabling children’s views, experience and ideas to be freely expressed.
The programme is delivered in partnership with local communities across East Lothian (many within SIMD areas) and is funded locally or through national funds.
An application pack is available for download below.
ELPA’s goal is to promote and enrich the culture of play in East Lothian. Children’s right to play is at the heart of all our plans, projects and partnerships. Whether it’s about local spaces, loose parts play, inclusion or school playtimes, we believe children should be part of the conversation. ELPA is especially known for delivering Loose Parts Play (including a European Erasmus+ partnership project) , play in the community and our play campaigns. ELPA sustained its work throughout the COVID restrictions with innovative projects which received international recognition. In our work we aim for: purposeful partnerships, collaboration over hierarchy, high quality work, sustainable income, flexibility and responsiveness.
We are seeking new Trustees to join our team. We’re keen to hear from people with skills, knowledge or interests to support ELPA’s work, including innovation, environmental sustainability and business planning. We have a vacancy for Treasurer, an exciting opportunity to support ELPA through a period of growth and development. Most important, is eagerness to help our charity continue to find effective ways to support children’s right to play. In 2011, we developed our 5-year strategic plan, Playful Futures which was updated in 2020 and 21 in response to COVID-19. Our aim is always to find playful, sustainable and respectful routes to more play opportunities for all children and young people across East Lothian. ELPA is in the process of transferring all its work to a new SCIO that has been approved by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
ELPA is a children’s charity so trustees must be PVG checked before they commence their role. If you are not already a member of the PVG scheme, you will need to join which ELPA arrange and pay for.
Experience required: We’re keen to hear from people with skills, knowledge or interests to support ELPA’s work, including innovation, environmental sustainability and business planning. We have a vacancy for Treasurer, an exciting opportunity to support ELPA through a period of growth and development.
Travel details: Regualr Trustees' meetings are currently being held on zoom. Other meetings by arrangement are usually at the ELPA office in Tranent or in community centres in East Lothian.
Minimum age: 16
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Trustees are not paid for their duties, but are able to claim the cost of travel to and from meetings (within reason) and other appropriate expenses.
Training details: Prospective Trustees will be given the opportunity to learn more about ELPA, how the organisations works and role of the Trustees. On becoming a Trustee , you will have access to induction and trustees are ongoing opportunities to access training on the role of a charity trustee and other topics. Trustees are also offered opportunities to get to understand the impact of ELPA's work better through the staff tea and through planning and development sessions.
Support: Named contact for Trustees
Wheelchair Access/ Accessible Toilet
East Lothian Play Association (ELPA) facilitates and supports play in a range of different settings including spaces in local communities, in school playgrounds, parks, indoors and out. We run our own sessions as well as activities in partnership with other East Lothian organisations. ELPA promotes a culture of play in East Lothian and in 2020 was proud to receive an international award for our work to support children’s right to play during COVID-19. ELPA is a partner in two European play projects, one with a focus on Loose Parts Play, and is known for its creative and nimble approach and
We are currently growing our team of sessional Play Rangers and Playworkers to respond to demand for more play opportunities for all our children and young people. Our experienced and creative Play Team is keen to welcome new members and use the skills that people bring!
Sessional workers can be involved in our Play Rangers projects, delivering other sessions such as family sessions, playdays, and pop-up play using a Playwork approach. We can also use skills that contribute to ELPA’s training, development and communications activities.