Lucy Benson

Lucy has been in her present role at Islington Play Association since July 2014. Prior to this she worked with IPA as a Project Manager on the ‘Finding Nature Through Play’ project, encouraging children and the local community to get involved in their natural environment and take an active role in local conservation.

Job Title: Head of Adventure Play
Location: Head office and adventure playgrounds
Qualifications: MA Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights (Distinction); Cache Level 3 Diploma in Playwork

What do you love about working at IPA?
I love working for IPA because I share their values. I believe that play is vital for all children’s happiness. I am particularly concerned for those children who are most in need.

What is your favourite childhood play memory?
“We used to play round the back of our flats; climbing walls, discovering new territory and building dens. I used to pretend that our lives depended on our actions. I didn’t tell the other children about my imaginings. There was one game that you could see and another secret game inside my head.”