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Assistant Community Playworker

  • VO64916


As an ACP you’ll be working with experienced Community Playworkers to deliver weekly outdoor play sessions in Woodburn (Monday and Fridays), Gorebridge (Tuesdays) and/or Mayfield (Thursdays). Sessions last 1.5 hours, with a further 1.5 hours allocated for setting up, clearing away and associated admin.
This role requires membership of the PVG Scheme. This can take up to three weeks to process.

You’ll work with the CP team to set up the play environment at sessions. This can mean arranging resources in an interesting way, or just putting different things out next to each other. During sessions, all playworkers are tasked with facilitating play. This might mean supporting participants to negotiate over resources, helping children manage risk, being involved in play when you’re invited, or simply helping children get involved. After the session you’ll help clear up, and contribute to completing a session evaluation.
Full free play training is provided to all ACPs as part of the induction process, so no prior knowledge of play is necessary. Induction training also includes explanations of all policies and procedures relevant to the role.

Organisation aims and objectives

Play Midlothian wants a world in which every child can exercise their right to play and access quality play opportunities, within their community, that meets their play needs and support the child to flourish. Play Midlothian’s mission is to strongly influence, support and promote play and the child’s right to play in Midlothian – and when relevant beyond. Play Midlothian works towards its mission through building the capacity of play providers, improving quality of play opportunities, advocating for play, increasing understanding of play and providing services for children were gaps in provision exist.










Would require a commitment of 3 hours per fortnight.


When under 16, people doing other awards or looking for experience can enquire, but it will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Experience required: Enthusiasm, willing to learn, willing to be outdoors in all weathers.
Travel details: Volunteers may choose to meet the team at our office in Gorebridge before the session, or at the park the session takes place in.
Minimum age: 14


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Reasonable transport costs.
Training details: Induction training, free play, Risk-benefit and child protection training; ongoing training as agreed; ongoing support and supervision commensurate with the number of hours committed.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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