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TEDxEastEnd - Penny Wilson - Play

Penny Wilson grew up in the South East of England and played on the rolling hills of the South Downs and beside the sea. These childhood experiences influenced and continue to inform and inspire her work.She studied illustration but her career began in earnest when she started Playworking with children with disabilities and their peers at Chelsea Adventure Playground. She has become widely known for her Playwork with children, particularly those with disabilities in inclusive play settings Today she is still working as a Playworker, advocating for and facilitating play in parks, playgrounds and housing projects.Penny has been gathering play stories for many years, to help people recapture the vibrancy and importance of their childhood play. In doing this she believes that people will understand that their children also need to play and they will discover ways that they can help this to happen.She currently works for the Play Association Tower Hamlets (PATH) based in the East End of London. PATH is a nonprofit organisation and play provider, which supports campaigns and advocates for children's play in an overcrowded, increasingly urban and impoverished community on the fringes of the 2012 London Olympic Games site.AboutTEDx:In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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