A big thank you to the funders and partners who are helping us to grow the street play movement and make playing out a normal, healthy part of children’s lives.
Bristol City Council
Thanks to Bristol City Council for funding support through Public Health. Bristol City Council established the first positive street play policy – the Temporary Play Street Policy – which has enabled Bristol residents to regularly open their streets for play. The council is able to advise other local authorities on how to support street play.
People's Health Trust
Thanks to People’s Health Trust whose Active Communities Grant is funding a pilot project to support residents in two Bristol high-rise estates. Playing Out is working with the residents to enable children living there to play out freely and safely in the spaces close to their homes.
University of Bristol
Bristol University’s Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences carried out an evaluation of Playing Out in 2012. You can read the summary or find out more about the PEACH project that this research was part of. The centre also carried out an evaluation of the Street Play Project which was funded by the Department of Health and ran from 2013 to 2016.
Cosy has generously sponsored some Playing Out kit boxes to enable residents on more streets across the UK to organise playing out sessions. Cosy is a company supplying well-designed toys and resources for children, and prioritises locally sourced, affordable and reusable materials. They support the aim of enabling children to play out freely and safely in the street as well as in other spaces. Their sponsorship is a big help in spreading the street play idea more widely and giving residents the practical help they need to get started. Thank you Cosy!
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has funded Playing Out through a three-year grant to support the growth and scaling up of street play across the UK. Thanks to this funding we are able to support more residents to make their streets places to play, and work with local authorities and other organisations to enable street play to embed within street communities.
If you’re interested in working with Playing Out or supporting the street play movement, please do get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.