We are Mansfield Play Forum


About Mansfield Play Forum:

It is our belief that all children and young people have the right to play and need to play: free to choose what they do – lively or relaxed, noisy or quiet – with the chance to stretch and challenge themselves, take risks and enjoy freedom. The right to play is enshrined in Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Children have the same right to use and enjoy public space as others. Local streets, estates, green spaces, parks and town centers should be accessible for children and young people to move around in safety and offer places where they can play freely, experience nature, explore their environment and be with their friends.

Everything that we do is aimed at ensuring that the children in Mansfield can access quality play provision.  We have a variety of different projects running which help children, families, and groups involved in delivering play sessions.

All of our projects are either free or have a minimal cost to ensure that everyone about the area can take part. Check our projects out here.


Meet the team


Play Forum Manager

I started working for the Play Forum in 1990. It is now my job to apply for funding, to keep the organisation moving forward, to keep the team in line and ensure that we don’t let the powers that be forget that children need to play!


Projects Manager

I began working for the Play Forum in 2008 as a Play Worker. After several enjoyable years of delivering open-access play sessions during my studies at 6th form and University I moved into Project Management upon receipt of the Nottinghamshire County Council tender we were successful in applying for. My current role is to manage the play provisions we deliver and build community relationships.


Projects Manager

My name is Gill Timmins I have been involved in Children’s play for over 30 years, I have worked for Mansfield Play Forum for the last three years. My role as Infrastructure Manager enables me to work alongside staff and volunteers within the resource centre and toy library, I am also responsible for  organising and delivering workshops and training and offering support and advise on all play related issues.


Toy Library Worker

Jess has worked at the Play Forum for three years. She currently oversees the running of the Toy Library, Resource Centre and Scrap store.


Play Supervisor

Pauline has worked for the Play Forum for around 15 years, she is our most experienced Play Supervisor and helps deliver the Play in Schools and our Play Services project.


Toy Library Worker

Sam has been with us at Mansfield Play Forum since September ’15, she volunteers with us on Wednesdays as part of her work experience with school. She works within the Resource Centre/Scrap store and Toy Library.

Georgina Harris

Resource Centre Worker

Georgie has been volunteering with us at Mansfield Play Forum since December ’15. She currently works in the Resource Centre/Scrap Store and Toy Library and is our resident landscape gardener!

Molly Wilson


Molly is currently completing her apprenticeship here at Mansfield Play Forum, learning about all things from shop management, customer relations, play work and business administration/accounting.

Meet the Committee

Lesley Crocker


Gloria Williams

Vice Chairperson

Marlene Hardy


Barbara Burke


Gail Bodak


Deanna Walters

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