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Here we set out accurate information about the funding and management of Playing Out. We also explain our status as a Community Interest Company and the scope of our work. 

1              Playing Out as a CIC

Playing Out is a Community Interest Company (CIC) limited by guarantee. CICs were introduced by the government in 2005 as a new structure for businesses, and were designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good rather than maximising profits for shareholders.

All CICs must have a specific community purpose. Playing Out’s aim is to “carry out activities which benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) to activate a culture of street play in the UK”.

Any profit made by the organisation in any one year is reinvested in the company to help meet its objectives. Should the company stop trading, any remaining assets must be transferred to another not-for-profit organisation.

We have chosen this legal form as it is in keeping with our ethos as a social enterprise. It enables those working for the organisation to maintain its strategic direction as directors, rather than appointing a separate voluntary board of trustees (as charities do), whilst remaining a not-for-profit organisation. We have no shareholders and nobody receives any financial profit from the organisation.

2               Growth in funding

Playing Out has seen rapid growth in both income and activity since 2011, when we formally established as a Community Interest Company.

Bristol work

During 2012-14 the scale and scope of our work increased rapidly. In Bristol we were awarded funding from the city council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, with match-funding from Bristol City Council Public Health, to support 100 streets across Bristol for a two-year project between April 2013 and March 2015. This funding enabled us to employ a Bristol Project Worker giving direct support to residents and raising awareness of the benefits of street play in neighbourhoods across the city. We were also awarded a small amount of funding from the People’s Health Trust, an independent charity, to focus our street play support for residents in Easton, Bristol – an area of higher health inequality within the city.

National work

We also expanded our work nationally during period. In April 2013 we entered a three-year partnership with Play England, London Play and the University of Bristol to spread the playing out model nationally and enable resident-led street play across England over three years (2013-16). This project has been funded by the Department of Health and is managed by Play England.

In addition to the Department of Health funded project, we also received funding to do specific work in the London Borough of Hackney and across England through the Social Action Fund, a funding stream from the Cabinet Office.

We received funding from The Network for Social Change, a national philanthropic network, to redevelop the Playing Out website, making it a valuable information source for people across the UK.

Full details of our income since 2009 are available at the end of this document.

3               Local playing out activity

Playing out sessions are resident-led, and stewarding at playing out sessions is done by residents on a voluntary basis.  This follows a model of grassroots activism supported by a low-cost structure provided by Playing Out.

4               Declaration of interests

Playing Out’s Managing Director and co-founder, Alice Ferguson, is the daughter of Bristol’s elected mayor, George Ferguson. We have always been open about this relationship and have ensured that it is known to all those involved in awarding Bristol City Council funding. The mayor has had no role in securing funding for Playing Out and was elected to office in November 2012.  Playing Out formed as a Community Interest Company in July 2011 and the first playing out session took place in 2009.

The council has provided full details about funding decisions it has taken relating to Playing Out. This information can be found on the public freedom of information website WhatDoTheyKnow here.

5               Director remuneration

Playing Out has a board of four directors who have been involved with the organisation since 2009/2010.  They are Alice Ferguson, Amy Rose, Ingrid Skeels and Naomi Fuller.  Three directors carry out their role on a voluntary basis (this takes in the region of 10 days each per year) and are paid an annual £500 honorarium, an ex gratia payment made to cover services given in a voluntary capacity.  Alice Ferguson carries out these duties as part of her employment.

All the directors additionally carry out paid work for the organisation.  Since September 2013 Alice (Managing Director) and Naomi (Communications Manager) have been part-time employees of Playing Out CIC (prior to that they worked on a freelance basis) while Amy Rose and Ingrid Skeels work on a freelance basis, based on their respective skills and experience as Fundraiser/Development Manager and Artist. In our accounts the figure for director remuneration includes all directors’ salaries, freelance fees and honoraria. In 2014/15 this expenditure was:

Directors’ salaries                             £43,052

Directors’ freelance fees                  £14,434

Directors’ honoraria                          £1,500

All four directors also did significant amounts of work including media relations, strategic development and project delivery on a voluntary, unpaid basis as the organisation grew in its early stages.              

Income and key achievements

Activity prior to the formation of Playing Out as a community interest company (funding received via a constituted community group)

2009-10

No funding received

Playing Out model devised and tested on one street in Bristol. Neighbours came together to enable 30-40 children to ‘play out’ for the first time on their own street, free from traffic.

2010-11

Funding Source Amount
Active Bristol Fund £2,780
“Sparkplugs” £1,000
Bristol City Council (Play) £3,310
Bristol City Council (Neighbourhoods) £7,500
= £14,950
(of which £9,801 deferred into 2011-12)
+ c.100 days voluntary time

 

Key achievements

  • Pilot project delivered and evaluated – 6 Bristol streets supported to play out, actively involving over 250 children and 135 adults. Model publicised through local and specialist media coverage.
  • ‘Organiser’s Manual’ and other free online materials produced.
  • Website created and short film made.
  • Residents’ workshop devised and piloted in St Anne’s, Bristol.

Activity as Playing Out CIC

2011-12

Funding Source Amount
Active Bristol Fund £4,995
Network for Social Change £5,568
Bristol City Council (Play) £1,769
Bristol City Council (Neighbourhoods) £1,000
The Funding Network (Oxford) £2,317
 =£22,263
(of which £2,580 was deferred into 2012-13)
+ c.100 days voluntary time

 

Key achievements

  • Bristol’s pioneering play street policy introduced (Sept 2011)
  • Project seeded in Oxford with 40 residents trained and 5 streets supported to play out, involving over 100 children.
  • By 31/3/12, we have supported residents on 26 streets, enabling over 600 children to play out.
  • Media coverage includes Radio 2, Radio 4 and ITV Tonight.
  • 6,000 unique visitors to website and 116 new enquiries from people interested in taking action to enable street play.

2012-13

Funding Source Amount
 NHS Bristol £30,000
Bristol City Council (Play) £10,000
People’s Health Trust £7,500
Play England £4,900
Bristol City Council (Neighbourhoods) £2,000
Other direct commissioning/ miscellaneous income £4,228
=£58,628
(of which £16,841 was deferred into 2013-14)
+ c.100 days voluntary time

 

Key achievements

  • We support Hackney and Worthing councils to introduce street play policies along with practical support for residents.
  • By 31/3/13, we have supported residents on over 88 streets, enabling 2640 children to play out.
  • 17 streets in Bristol and 14 in Hackney are playing out regularly.
  • 10 streets are supported to play out in an area of high deprivation in Bristol.
  • National media coverage includes The Guardian, Woman’s Hour and BBC Breakfast.
  • 14,000 unique visitors to website and 511 new enquiries from residents and organisations interested in taking action to enable street play.

2013-14

Funding Source Amount
Play England/ Department of Health National Play Streets project £89,000
Social Action Fund (for work in Hackney and nationally) £38,829
NHS Bristol £30,000
Local Sustainable Transport Fund £24,500
Network for Social Change £9,750
Creative Seed Fund £2,500
People’s Health Trust- £2,500
Other direct commissioning/ miscellaneous income £6,775
Deferred from 2012/13 £16,841
=£220,695

 

Key achievements

  • 30 local authorities are now supportive of street play, including new policies in Reading, Haringey and Islington.
  • By 31/3/14, we have supported residents on over 145 streets, enabling 4350 children to play out.
  • 46 streets in Bristol and 17 in Hackney are playing out regularly.
  • National media coverage included The One Show and The Telegraph
  • 15,730 unique visitors to website and 185 new enquiries from residents and organisations interested in taking action to enable street play.

2014-15

Funding Source Amount
Play England/ Department of Health National Play Streets project £81,200
Bristol Public Health £30,000
Local Sustainable Transport Fund £24,500
Other direct commissioning/ miscellaneous income £6,598
=£142,298

 

Key achievements

  • New street play policies in Camden, Coventry and North Tyneside
  • By 31/3/15, 257 streets had played out in 44 local authority areas across the UK.
  • 80 streets in Bristol have played out regularly, across most parts of the city.
  • Media coverage included The Guardian, LCB radio and ITV tonight.
  • 23,590 visitors to new website with interactive map of street play activity.
  • Support given in response to 259 new enquiries from residents and organisations interested in taking action to enable street play.

You can download our full accounts for 2014/15 here. If you have other questions about Playing Out please do contact us. You can ring us on 0117 9537167 or email hello@playingout.net