On 19th October 2020 we held our first ever PARS playwork conference -12 hours and online, it may have been the world’s first ‘open access’ playwork conference! This exciting new playwork conference showcased PARS practice in Hong Kong, Australia, mainland China, Belgium, UK and The Netherlands. It also featured leading international academics talking about PARS methods and theories. Participants from Spain, Hong Kong, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Ireland, Ethiopia, USA, The Netherlands, UK, Belgium, China, Turkey, Sweden, Singapore and Taiwan met, listened, discussed and networked over the 12 hour period and many have told us what a wonderfully welcoming and friendly event it was! Other comments included….“After today’s conference, I have deeper understanding of what play work is.” “I hope there will be more opportunities in the future. Thank you Shelly, Rebekah and all the presenters for a really insightful and inspiring day.” “Its been a great day of sharing, thanks for organising it, I have to leave but am doing so with a big smile from the days information.”
We are still gathering feedback from the conference and are thinking about next steps. Several people have already asked us to run a similar event in the future, although if this does happen it won’t be for quite a while yet! In the meantime, please sign up to our mailing list to be kept informed of future events and take a look at our training calendar for more ways to become involved in the growing PARS community.