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East Lothian Play Association - Inspiring Scotland

Thrive Outdoors

East Lothian Play Association

Part of Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund.

East Lothian Play Association (ELPA) is a group of interested community members and play practitioners who are supported by community development workers, representatives from IPA and Support from the Start.

Everyone with an interest in children’s play can be part of ELPA whether that interest is family, professional or academic. ELPA believe that all children, regardless of ability or background, have the right to play.

ELPA aims to promote children’s right to play (article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child). Share the benefits and value of play for all children and young people living in the community and also to support people who work with children.

ELPA’s experience of outdoor play includes delivering free play training events, supporting community play events including #Tinkertown, delivering loose parts play development projects in early years, schools and community settings as well as delivering play rangers project.

Thrive Outdoors launches new website
12.02.2024

Thrive Outdoors launches new website

The Thrive Outdoors team has today (Monday 12 February 2024) launched a new website to showcase the work of the fund and share resources with the play and outdoor sector. The new site will be a hub for outdoor play champions, offering support, guidance and resources – a one-stop-shop for practitioners, education professionals and childminders

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Putting Infant Mental Health at the forefront with Babies in Scotland conference
09.02.2024

Putting Infant Mental Health at the forefront with Babies in Scotland conference

We kicked off the new year by hosting the first online conference of its kind in Scotland – Infant Mental Health: Babies in Scotland 2024.   This event was in partnership with the Scottish Government and was our biggest event yet with 588 people attending on the day. It was incredible to get that many

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The power of listening to young people and our partner organisations
07.02.2024

The power of listening to young people and our partner organisations

The Scottish Government has recently asked for views on their proposed Care Leavers Payment. As Scotland’s national mentoring programme for children and young people with care experience, our Fund Manager Christine was in a unique position to gather valuable insights from the young people this will affect. Here’s what she found out…    In my

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