PlayTalkRead is part of the wider range of support provided for parents and families through the Scottish Government's Parent Club.  PlayTalkRead is aimed at promoting positive parenting in order to give children the best start in life and a strong platform for healthy growth, development and attainment.  Smart Play Network is the delivery partner managing and delivering the PlayTalkRead roadshow.  We visit all 32 Local Authorities throughout the year on our range of bespoke vehicles, Benji (our Double Decker bus), Bertie (our sensory lorry) and Bonnie (our box vehicle with pull out pod and slide).  We offer drop in sessions for play, story time, singing and messy play and targeted and sensory block bookings.  All our activities are fun, simple and easily replicated at home, all with the aim of encouraging parents and children to enjoy spending time together.

For more information about the PlayTalkRead roadshow, find us on the Parent Club Website.

 
 

PLAYTALKREAD ANNUAL REPORT 2018-19

If you would like an insight into the delivery of our PlayTalkRead roadshow and the great impact it has on families, children and communities, please take a read of our annual report attached below.

Changing Children’s Future by Changing Today’s Culture

MEET THE PLAYTALKREAD TEAM

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ALISON SMALL

Project Lead

Alison loves crafting and creative activities and is happiest when out and about meeting families all over Scotland

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SIOBHAN DUNCAN

Project Officer

Siobhan loves anything yellow, especially Sunflowers! She loves spending her free time painting acrylic canvases & playing guitar

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JENNIFER MACFARLANE

Senior Play Worker

Jenny drives Benji the bus all over Scotland and loves meeting new families everywhere she goes. Give her a toot toot or a wave!

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ELLIE SWANSTON

Project Officer

Ellie enjoys making new things with arts and crafts, especially when it gets messy! In her free time she likes to read and play games on her computer.

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CHRISTIAN NAMETI-BABA

Project Officer

Cristian is always up for an outdoors adventure, but he also loves quiet days in, relaxing by playing a game of chess

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CALUM DOUGLAS

Play Worker

Calum is a huge fan of building forts and then exploding out of them. Also

drawn to bright lights and flashing colours

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MURRAY RENTON

Play Worker

Murray loves creating things, dressing up and and making costumes, being outside and singing with the birds.

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ANGELA DAVEY

Play Worker

Angie loves reading with her grandchildren, along with painting and doing crafts.

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MARYANN CUNNINGHAM

Play Worker

Maryann loves singing, and reading aloud anything written by Julia Donaldson. In her free time you can find her watching shark documentaries or talking to her plants in the garden

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CAMILA RICHARDSON

Play Worker

Camila loves finding ways of turning everyday junk into fun, magical worlds.

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KEVIN JUDGE

Play Worker

More Gruffalo than Highway Rat, Kevin has the imagination to bring fun to any party across Scotland. Overqualified in messy play and making noises, Kevin loves nothing more than reading stories to his wee pal, Niamh

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WILLIAM SIMPSON

Play Worker

William loves art and science and has lots of fun when those things collide! Also a fan of good stories and silly jokes!

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STEPHANIE LYNCH

Play Worker

Stephanie loves committed high-5's and

being able to build things as tall as

possible before running off