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Get your weekend off to a great start with three presentations on children’s right to play. The event is free but donations are welcomed. The venue is friendly and accessible and there is a café next to the meeting room.

Playground Ideas: Inspiring Play in Kolar & Nassau - Grant Menzies, The City of PlayOpen Source Design, Circular Economy, Participation and Understanding the 'Right to Play' - Grant shares his experiences, principles and thought processes in designing and building playgrounds in developing nations with renowned international charity 'Playground Ideas'.


Access to Play in Crisis - Theresa Casey, writer and consultant, past President of International Play Association (IPA) Children play wherever and whenever they can, but circumstances can make it very hard. Theresa will share findings about children’s own play coping mechanisms highlighted through IPA research in six locations Japan, Nepal, India, Thailand, Turkey and Lebanon. Hear about IPA Scotland’s support to a new Access to Play in Crisis project we hope will start this year.


The world is playing: next stop Jaipur - Tam Baillie, Board member of the International Play Association (IPA World) The next IPA triennial world conference will be held in Jaipur, India in 2020. Hotfooting it back from a planning meeting in Jaipur, Tam will tell you about what is being planned and how you can be part of it. The IPA has international reach and is ready to capitalise on the growing global awareness of the critical importance of play in children's development.

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Grant Menzies is a multi-skilled designer, social entrepreneur and father of three. Inspired by the birth of his first daughter, Grant steered his architectural training towards the interests, needs and rights of children in Urban Design. He has since focused most of his professional career on the interaction between ‘Place’ and ‘Childhood’; working across disciplines - Play Work, Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Research, Community Engagement, Public Art and Construction - to understand and create better environments, communities and opportunities for children, families and society.


Grant’s enthusiasm and knowledge has taken his research and practice across the world; researching and advocating child-friendly cities in Japan, Mexico, China and the Netherlands, and creating inclusive playscapes in India, Myanmar and the Bahamas.


Grant is co-founder & design lead at The City of Play, board member of A Place in Childhood and freelance designer, Playground Ideas.


Theresa Casey was President of IPA from 2008-2017. During that time, she coordinated initiatives leading to UN General Comment No. 17 on the right of the child to rest, leisure, play, recreational activities, cultural life and the arts (article 31 of the UNCRC) and IPA’s thematic work on Access to Play in Crisis, and Children’s Rights and the Environment. In 2013, she drafted the Scottish Government’s Play Strategy Action Plan and took up the role of vice-chair of the implementation group. She has an honours degree in painting and a post-graduate in playwork. Her playwork practice began at the Yard adventure playground in Edinburgh and led to play development in Thailand where she worked for three years.


Theresa is a freelance consultant and writer on play, inclusion and children’s rights and frequent presenter at conferences in Scotland and internationally.


Tam Baillie has worked as a manager and practitioner with children and young people for 40 years, in the statutory and voluntary sectors in Scotland and England. Tam’s work experience includes community-based supports to vulnerable children; throughcare and after care services; homeless and street-based services; and developing policy and influencing legislation through national service providers.


Tam was Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People from May 2009 to May 2017. As Commissioner, Tam had a duty to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland through raising awareness of children’s rights, involving children and young people in his work, and influencing law, policy and practice with children and young people.


Tam’s current activities include Board membership of the International Play Association (World and Scotland), Upstart, Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA). He is Chair of the Shetland Adult and Child Protection Committee, Western Isles Child Protection Committee and the Campaign to End Youth Homelessness in Scotland, and is Ambassador for the Cyrenians, Edinburgh and Licketyspit Children’s Theatre Company.

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