Timberplay’s Beth Cooper to present at Vienna Child in the City conference


This year’s Child in the City Conference will be held in Vienna, between the 24th and 26th September, and as usual it promises to deliver an inspiring and varied line up of speakers. In her capacity as Play England Trustee, Timberplay’s own Beth Cooper has been invited to join this line up, delivering a presentation on the on-going legacy of Design for Play, a design-led approach to children’s play provision developed ten years ago by Play England and widely used to support the Government’s Playbuilder and Pathfinder program, which ran from 2008 to 2011.

A well-practised and confident orator, Beth Cooper will be able to give a unique insight in the efficacy of Design for Play from several different perspectives. The ground-breaking publication served as an essential guide when she was studying for her degree in Playwork. Her subsequent role as a Local Authority Officer offered a further insight and her current role as a Creative Play Associate for Timberplay has helped her recognise how useful the document is for suppliers and also Landscape Architects. This unique selection of roles means that Beth is perfectly placed to assess the successes of the document and the impact it has had on the play landscape as a whole.

Beth comments:-

“Play England’s Design for Play has been a key reference document for me since it was published ten years ago. It is interesting for me to look back over the last ten years and recognise how my understanding and opinion of the document has evolved alongside the development of my career. It will be fascinating to see where the document has been most effective, and how its reach could be improved further.”

Play England is made up of a Trustee team from a variety of backgrounds, who all seek to promote better play provision throughout England. Beth has been a Trustee for Play England since 2017.

The Child in the City conference is held every 2 years and attracts hundreds of leading play professionals, including international youth professionals, policy makers and planners. This year the conference will be looking at Children’s Rights in Urban Development and Regeneration and Equality, Diversity and Mobility within Child Friendly Cities.


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