Carla Powell, East African Playgrounds' Co-Founder and Managing Director has won the Playwork Awards Paul Bonel Special Mention Award for her contribution to the play sector. The award celebrates the contribution of significant impact to play and the playwork sector.

Carla, who has a long-standing interest in play having studied Childhood, Education and Culture at Leeds University developed her passion for play when running enriching volunteering and play projects while working with children with complex needs in Leeds. 

Since East African Playgrounds was founded in 2009, Carla has worked tirelessly to ensure that over half a million children can access fun and safe play. Since the charity's inception, over 350 playgrounds have been built and Carla has spearheaded work to ensure that all the charity's playgrounds are produced to a high-quality, meaning a high-standard of play and play spaces are the norm.

Carla has worked to introduced play-based training for caregivers and teachers in East Africa, resulting in a more positive view of play within local communities and improved learning experiences for children in Uganda. Carla has worked to strengthen relationships with other charities to help East African Playgrounds reach more children, including refugees. She has recently been supporting the charity's UK Aid Match Appeal 'Play for Brighter Futures' where every £ donated by UK residents from 1 March - 1 June will be doubled by the UK government, helping over 27,000 refugee children in Uganda recover from trauma through play. 

The entire team at East African Playgrounds is incredibly proud that Carla has won the Playwork Awards Paul Bonel Special Mention Award. They said, "This is a very well deserved award and we're delighted that Carla has won. For over 10 years, she has worked tirelessly to bring play to children in East Africa, this award celebrates Carla's incredible achievements and contribution to the sector. We couldn't be more proud of Carla and the impact that her hard work has had on the lives of so many children in just over 10 years - well done Carla!"

Find out more about the award and learn how you can get involved and show your support for the charity's 'Play for Brighter Futures' UK Aid Match Appeal, helping more refugee children have access to play.