Who We Are
‘Playing Out’ is a movement as well as an organisation. Many hundreds of people across the UK are working to activate a culture of playing out in their own streets and a growing number have become ‘area activators’, helping to establish the idea across their city or neighbourhood. The organisation consists of a small team of staff and freelancers based in Bristol and is steered by a voluntary board of directors, with help from a wider group of ‘expert friends‘.
Alice Ferguson, Managing Director and board member
Alice started the project with her neighbour Amy and is now Managing Director of Playing Out CIC as well as being on the board. Her role includes overseeing the organisation, developing new projects and talking up street play to anyone who will listen. Previously, Alice worked mainly in the environmental and voluntary sectors, including for Sustrans, Friends of the Earth and Climateworks, as well as running her own organic food shop. Since being a parent, she has also been actively involved in community efforts towards creating a more liveable neighbourhood, with a particular focus on children’s independent mobility and their access to public space in the city.
Naomi Fuller, Communications and board member
Also involved from the early days of the project, Naomi oversees all media and communications work for Playing Out, using local, national and social media to stimulate discussion about street play, children’s freedom and community life. She previously worked in media and communications for a number of national charities including Crisis and The Royal National Institute for Blind People.
Amy Rose, Artist in Residence and board member
Amy is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in physical and visual theatre. Much of her early experience was as a street performer in international festivals. She now primarily works as a director of visual and site responsive theatre as well as making cross-form, participatory art works in response to social issues or public space. Amy’s involvement with developing Playing Out grew out of a creative project she did whilst at home with her two young daughters, and included writing, photography, drawing, dreaming and playing on her own street over several years, and then working with Alice to make it happen. Amy has inputted to the website design and guidance materials as well as created new projects and events.
Ingrid Skeels, Development and board member
Ingrid is a writer and freelance strategic development worker who has worked with a range of community groups and charities. She is passionate about the importance of freedom and creativity in learning and in play for children and most of her work is now around these themes. As well as project management, fundraising and development work for Playing Out, Ingrid works for Room 13 Hareclive and has published her first children’s book (secretly for adults!) and writes a blog about these themes at www.wildschoolstory.co.uk
Bristol Area Activators
We currently have a small team of resident activators working to spread the ‘playing out’ idea and support streets in their own neighbourhoods and surrounding areas across Bristol. Please contact us to find out who is most local to you.
Area Activators across the UK
In many other parts of the country, around 40 committed residents are also working to get their local councils on board, spread the ‘playing out’ idea beyond their own streets and give peer-support to others locally. Some do this on a purely voluntary basis and some have a small amount of seed funding to cover their time and expenses. Please contact us to find out more.