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Play Well For Life Podcast

Play Well For Life Podcast

By Play Well For Life
Our podcast explores how parents can and do use games to build better relationships with their kids. It discusses with both parents themselves and relevant partners and platforms how we can all be Playing and Parenting Well for Life.
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EP 19 - Malcom Hamilton, Creative Director at Play Disrupt and Mufti Games
We welcome Malcolm Hamilton, who discusses how play can disrupt normative thinking and start inclusive conversations, explaining how his organisation uses Play to disrupt and engage.
June 03, 2021
EP 18 - Rachel Evans, unschooling parent and advocate from Connect and Respect
Rachel Evans is our guest this week, as she joins us to speak about Self-Directed Education, or Unschooling, and why education needs overhauling, particularly for children with certain challenges
May 27, 2021
EP 17 - Stacey Cann, an award winning entrepreneur, who recently founded Parenting In Mind
We are thrilled to speak with Stacey Cann, who creates fantastic parent-courses to teach them how to manage the realities of mental health as a new parent, having helped over 7000 families!
May 20, 2021
EP 16 - Rachel Vecht, Founder and Director of Educating Matters
Our guest this week, Rachel Vecht, draws from her own experiences as a teacher and as a parent to pioneer great, evidence-based parenting for workplaces.
May 13, 2021
EP 15 - A.L. Tayler, author of renowned children's books series 'Smokey'
Overcoming dyslexia, undiagnosed until adulthood, A.L.Tayler uses her own delightful animals to create engaging children's book with strong messages about support and perseverance.
May 06, 2021
EP 14 - Declan Cassidy, CEO of Into Games, a non-profit that supports people in finding rewarding careers in the games industry
This week we welcome Declan Cassidy, CEO of Into Games, who aims to provide a common ground and language between young people, the games industry and education, on a mission to expand the diversity of gaming.
April 29, 2021
EP 13 - Nur Choudhury
Nur Choudhury, founder of Nurturing Fathers, joins us to discuss how best to use the principles of Islam to encourage Muslim Fathers to embrace nurturing parenting.
April 22, 2021
EP 12 - Keith Anderson
Keith Anderson has worked in most of the major game studios over his 30-year career. He sees games for their social impact, whether good or bad, and believes they are like any other social construct: they require education and understanding to ensure they are used appropriately.
April 15, 2021
EP11_Dr. Kathy Weston, expert in evidence-based approaches to parenting and parental engagement
Dr. Weston presents her work providing research-driven approaches to parenting and learning, to equip parents and teachers with effective tools for the most effective education and upbringing methods, aligned with the needs to today's and tomorrow's society. 
April 08, 2021
EP10_Tom Dore, educator and Head of Education for British Esports Association
This week Tom Dore is our guest, a teacher and Head of Education for the British Esports Association. Tom is also Head of the Education Focus Group of Global Esports Federation. Tom is an experienced educator, particularly in maths, science and assessment, and explains in-depth about the growing arena of Esports, and how Esports is being used in schools to create confidence, empowerment and transferable skill development in young people across the world. Twitter: @british_esports
April 01, 2021
EP9_Noa Katzir an independent artist specializing in concept art and illustration for mobile games in the animation industries.
Noa Katzir – We welcome our first artist on the podcast! Noa is an independent artist specialising in concept art and illustration for mobile games in the animation industries. She discusses her work as an artist in the games industry, and how to balance one’s personal artistic tastes and styles with the imperatives of working on specific projects, finding ways to grow personally even while working on projects whose artistic direction differs from one’s own.
March 25, 2021
EP8_Shashank Kansal joins us this week to discuss how breaking away from rigid structures can empower people to be more creative and bold.
We should be encouraged to leverage the technology available today to create a diversity of environments in which people feel most comfortable to thrive, whether in education or in the world of business.
March 18, 2021
EP7_Ellie Gibson discusses the merits of gaming within her family and how to mitigate the risks associated with games.
For International Women’s Day, we are thrilled to have Ellie Gibson on our podcast this week. Tech journalist, stand-up comedian, mum and co-host of the comedic parenting podcast Scummy Mummies and avid gamer herself, she discusses the merits of gaming within her family and how to mitigate the risks associated with games. Having witnessed the evolutions of the gaming world for the past decade, she also addresses the progress that has been made and the huge strides yet to be undertaken regarding greater gender and ethnic equality, representation and diversity, not only in the industry but also in the games themselves and throughout society to see gaming as a legitimate pastime for all adults as well as children.
March 11, 2021
EP6_Author Andy Robertson has spent the last years cataloguing games according to language and criteria parents and carers can understand.
Author Andy Robertson has spent the last years cataloguing games according to language and criteria parents and carers can understand, to help them make informed choices about the games children play. For more information, please visit his website:
March 04, 2021
EP5_Lynsey Pollard joins us this week to discuss how children products, particularly books, are not adapted to modern realities by failing to break away with cultural, ethnic and societal stereotypes.
By setting-up Little Box of Books, Lynsey Pollard wanted to break-away from the stereotypes and antiquated views that are so recurrent in children’s books.  She believes that by broadening the scope of stories told to children and curating them to reflect more closely on the world that is around them, this exposure will help frame conversations about diversity, gender and family structures.
February 25, 2021
EP04_This week we welcome Lynn Haddow, who discusses how to raise children’s awareness of the environmental crisis though games.
Drawing on her extensive travels and direct witnessing of deforestation and environmental degradation, Lynn Haddow’s activities raise awareness of the climate crisis through games for children. In a fun and engaging way, these games promote conversations about such critical issues and increase understanding thereof, which is the first step to encourage action and ownership of the consequences of our actions.
February 18, 2021
EP3_Joanneke Weerdmeester and Sarah Ticho present their findings from using with VR and biofeedback in games to treat mental health conditions.
Today, we speak with 2 experts; Joanneke Weerdmeester and Sarah Ticho about the benefits of using games to create new and more productive spaces and experiences for people with mental health conditions. By leveraging the immersive and safe environments created through games, they explore how cooperative approaches between artists/creators and medical treatment can help create effective therapeutic solutions.
February 11, 2021
EP2_Dr. Jessica Stone sheds some light on the importance of accepting technology as a part of younger generations’ lives and leveraging it to connect better with them.
Today, we speak with Dr. Jessica Jones, who promotes digital tools as a way to better connect with young people by understanding their frames of references and speaking their language, allowing for better conversations, more direct connections and increased involvement. She believes that the merits of using these tools cuts both ways, as parents and older generations also benefit from the exposure to the vast opportunities brought about these new tools.
February 04, 2021
EP0_Introduction to Play Well For Life Podcast with Dr.Sarah Campbel
Dr. Sarah Campbell will introduce you about the highlights you will find in the Play Well For Life podcast and share her brief history and enthusiasm for games for education and emotional intelligence development.
January 21, 2021
EP1_Join us as we speak with Margaret, who explains the benefits of gaming for her 2 children, and how best to support kids make the most of their hobbies and passions.
Margaret embraces her children’s online gaming and their desire to pursue this as a career.  She explains her path to see the merits in this, and how to use this as an opportunity to engage with her children and reward the positive behaviours that come out of gaming. She even takes up gaming herself to ensure the best and safest possible experience for her children.
January 21, 2021