The Team

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Ternaya Cummings

Director of Playscheme

With over 18 years’ experience of working with children and young people through family support work, Ternaya is passionate about empowering families to improve their lives.

She is a qualified and respected youth work trainer and has managed the Four Towns Playscheme for the last 9 years before establishing the playscheme as a registered charity with the help of our trustees. Ternaya is also the safeguarding lead for the playscheme.

Barbara Ball

Playscheme Manager

Coordinator of the Playscheme since January 2017, when it was known as Four Towns Play Association, Barbara has expanded it to cover new areas across South Gloucestershire. Her focus is to ensure the scheme reaches and supports as much of the community as possible.

She has 2 children, one with additional needs. This has sparked her focus on SEN, inclusion and ensuring young people have the opportunities to reach their potential. She is working towards a level 3 Youth Work qualification and is trained in Paediatric First Aid.

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Ruth Ramsay

Playscheme Coordinator

Ruth is a passionate advocate for everyone to have access to the arts and ability to aid wellbeing. She has over 20 years’ experience working with communities and young people through the delivery of art and craft projects and workshops.

As a qualified Youth Worker she is currently the Leader in Charge at the Patch Youth Club, Patchway. Prior to this, she has worked in Community Development, including the delivery of arts workshops in schools, the Patchway Diwali Lantern Parade and as a Play Leader for the Four Towns Play Association.

Amelia Jackson

Playscheme Trustee Chair

Working closely with the community Amelia helps people get the support they need. As a mother of 2 boys, Amelia is passionate about developing young minds and also supporting parents – especially in the holiday period.

Amelia has worked in a variety of rolls focusing on this. Currently, she is the Centre Manager of Coniston Community Centre, as well as a designated safeguarding lead, and highly experienced with charity structures. 

Amelia Jackson is a Trustee who works closely with the community to help everyone get the support that they need. 

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Photo of Lucy Hamid, Trustee.

Lucy Hamid

Playscheme Trustee

Lucy graduated from Bristol University in Sociology and Social Administration and has worked in many community work settings in both London and Bristol. Formerly a Trustee of Southern Brooks Community Partnerships and Town Clerk of Patchway, she also supports refugee families as a volunteer and is a Trustee of Almondsbury Charity.

Susann Francken

Playscheme Trustee

Susann is a legally trained professional working in legal operations and international project management. Previously, Susann has worked in childcare for many years and is passionate about opening opportunities for play and learning to children from all backgrounds. .

We were privileged that we have a high number of staff who come back year after year to work for us. As many staff had previously worked for us, they already understood our aims, ethos and how we work.    

Each location has 1 Play Leader and 3 Play workers.  We provide a free lunch to every child that attends.  The lunches are supplied by Snack Attacks in Patchway and are nutritious and healthy.

All South Gloucestershire Playscheme staff have undergone Enhanced DBS (disclosure barring service) security checks.  We do this to ensure we meet legal requirement to ensure all children attending are safeguarded.  

“My son needed this safe space. I am so glad he is talking to the team about how he feels.”

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