Children of Prisoners Europe Conference

C.O.P.E. Conference 2023

“Reconnecting through Play”: Bedford Row Family Project and Children of Prisoners Europe Co-Host Three-Day Conference on Learning through Play at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland on the 8th June, 2023 at 9.30am

Limerick, Ireland – Bedford Row Family Project and Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE) are excited to announce “Reconnecting through Play,” a three-day conference on learning through play, taking place in Limerick on June 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2023. The conference will be hosted at Mary Immaculate College and will feature an exciting line-up of keynote speakers, interactive workshops, networking opportunities, and more, all focused on the benefits of learning through play.

The conference will bring together educators, parents, social care professionals, researchers, and anyone interested in exploring the power of learning through play. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with thought leaders, network with peers, and explore new techniques and research in the field.

“We believe that play can play a vital role in helping us reconnect with each other, with our communities, and with our own sense of joy and creativity,” said Alison Curtin, Project Leader at Bedford Row Family Project. “We’re thrilled to be co-hosting this conference in collaboration with Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE), Limerick Prison and Mary Immaculate College in the vibrant city of Limerick.”

“I’m really looking forward to this conference on learning through play. Play is such an important aspect of learning, and I’m excited to connect with other like-minded professionals and explore new ideas and strategies for integrating play into resilience-building and parenting practices.”

The three-day event will kick off with a keynote speech by Rachel Brett, President of Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE). Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops and panel discussions, led by experts in the fields of education, psychology, and incarceration. The director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights at UCC – Dr Fiona Donson – will facilitate panel discussions.

Tickets for the conference are now available at more information about the conference, including the full schedule and list of speakers, please visit Bedford Row Family Project’s website or contact Alison Curtin [087 69 29 646 /].

About Bedford Row Family Project

The Bedford Row Family Project works collaboratively with individuals and communities impacted by imprisonment, using a child-centred and strengths-based approach.

About Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE)

Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE) is a European network of organizations and individuals that works to support the rights and needs of children of imprisoned parents. COPE seeks to raise awareness of the impact of parental imprisonment on children, promote good practice and provide support to those working directly with affected children and families.

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