Meet the Team

Bath Area Play Project is a voluntary sector organisation and registered charity run by voluntary Trustees who oversee the running of the organisation. They employ staff to provide the services. Visit our Management Information Page.


Director - Caroline Haworth B.Ed(Hons), MBE

Caroline has been employed as Director since October 1993. Previously she was a teacher working with early years children and children with emotional and behaviourial problems. She worked in a variety of play and childcare environments whilst training and also whilst teaching. She has worked in the private sector, voluntary sector as well as statutory.

Whilst with BAPP, Caroline has undertaken various tutoring qualifications including a Training & Development NVQ Level 3, Playwork Leadership and Management and tutors a range of playwork training.

As Director she is responsible for staffing, volunteers, publicity, fundraising, policy and strategy development, finances and service management.


Office Manager, Staff Training Officer – Sarah Sealy Level 3 Diploma in Playwork

Sarah works as a Senior Playworker and started work as Office Manager in 2009. Her responsibilities include training administration, office management and systems, resources, database management and communication. in 2016 Sarah completed training as an instructor in Paediatric First Aid. She now delivers in-house training, which is open to other play practitioners. Visit our Play Training page for more information.



Family Play Support Worker –John Melbourne, BSc (Hons) Psychology, MBPsS

John is a an experienced practitioner who has supported vulnerable young people in Mentoring Plus and is employed in the Family Play Support team working individually with children as well as in groups, supporting positive outcomes for children through the Request for Support system.


Outreach Worker – Sam Ward B.A.(Hons); PGCE; CACHE Diploma in Playwork Level 3; CFET

Sam started working with BAPP in a variety of roles; as a Playworker, Creche Worker, and Playleader as well as supervising sessional staff, overseeing the running of weekly Teenage Rampage sessions, undertaking Home Visits and various outreach work related to disabled children and young people.


Toy Library Development Worker – Kerry Rowlands Early Years Professional Degree, NVQ Level 3 Playwork, NVQ Level 3 Early Years, Everyone Can Play

Kerry has worked as a Playleader and Playworker since 2002. She has a varied role with leading the pre-school at the Hut as well as the Development Worker for the Toy Library. Her responsibilities include organisation and facilitation of toy library sessions, database management, stock control, publicity and promotion of the toy library. The Pre-school role includes all aspects of running a successful Pre-school.


Specialist Play Support Worker –Harriet Rose BSc (Hons) Sociology, CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Playwork

Harriet has worked as a Family Play Support Worker and is currently working as a Specialist Play Support Worker providing nurturing support in a school and individual support for a referred child.


Play Service Manager - Julie Bennett NVQ Level 3 Playwork

Julie has worked as a Community Play Ranger and Community Play Support Worker and was appointed as Play Service Manager in December 2016. The role is a new role for BAPP and Julie supports the Community Play Support Workers and the Family Play Support Workers as part of the Family Support & Play Service Contract. Julie’s role includes assessing and planning services, organising service including Nurture Groups, Family Play Hubs and Playdays.


Community Play Support Workers – Dan Fisk, Tamsin Sharp, Charlie Farnham, Chloe Ridout, Sarah Meddick, Matt Pepper & Alistair Pound

With a range of relevant qualifications and experience, the team of 6 part time staff facilitate and deliver Nurture Groups in schools across B&NES as well as allocated families in Family Play Hubs in term time. They support children and families to works towards agreed actions and use the Outcome Star tool to evidence the impact the service has. During the school holidays, they facilitate an exciting range of play opportunities at playdays across B&NES.


Family Play Support Worker – Lisa Wilson BSc (Hons) Psychology

Lisa has worked with a local authority supporting children’s access to education services. Her responsibilities include a mixture of play support work with individual children and support for families for children that are referred to the Family Play Support service. She also supports a Playful Families group.


Children & Young People’s Network Co-ordinator – Gillian Samuddin

Gillian is new to BAPP having previously been a primary school teacher in Bath for 10 years. She is passionate about working with children and young people and has always been interested in supporting local charities and community groups.


We also have other Staff employed in various services throughout the year:


Sessional staff / Pre-school Workers / Playworkers

All of our amazing team of playworkers who facilitate and support children’s play whether in a building or a park or out and about all year round!


Pre-school Workers: Michelle Straffen, Kristy Rowlands, Layna Rowlands, Harriet Riding

Sessional Playworkers: Petra Burgess, Garry Llewellyn, Kerry Burt, Rachel Longstreth, Siobhan Wilson, Sarah Booth, Eleni Dumont, Lucy Norris, Louise Booth, Matt Hudson, Matt Kenney, Sarah Bendall, , Mikey Rowlands, Emily Preater, Rachel Lacey, Michelle Blissett, Kerry West, Anna Pierce, Emma Hendy, Gemma Eades, Kyla Pole, Phoebe Eldridge, Charlotte Hansen, Jaydee Callas-Belben





Volunteers – Phil Cooper, Darren Robbins, Stephanie Rhodes, James Paulley, Sarah Davies, James Hodges, Emma Frampton, Estelle Stevenson, Nina Sandheim-Bains, Lucy Matthews, Ellen Wickes, Jasmine Appleton, Stephanie St Clair and Kelly Edmonds.


A massive BIG thank you to Gaby Acosta as our Volunteer Webmaster who developed the original website template from which this one is derived, and to Mike from Me & My Van for moving all our equipment on National Playday.

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