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Welcome to Playing Out!

posted this in Childhood, Community, Free Play, Playing Out on 01/10/2010

Welcome!  We are so happy to announce the formal launch of this website.

The Playing Out project was developed as a collaboration between a residents’ association (Greville Road Neighbours) and a theatre company (Bocadalupa).  After an experimental street play event on International Children’s Day, 2009 on Greville Road, the Active Bristol Fund (managed by Quartet) awarded us a grant to facilitate a series of after-school street closures throughout Southville, Bedminster and Ashton.  We supported residents from six streets to put on their own events during which the roads were closed to through traffic to allow free play across generations.

The Playing Out website was created to document this project, share out the materials we developed for it and to serve as a resource for a longer term aim of re-igniting street play as a normal part of neighbourhood life.  It offers practical guidance and inspiration for organising neighbour-led street play events as well as links to relevant resources and opportunities for feedback and participation.

We hope to develop the site further and appreciate your input.  We hope you find what you are looking for here.  Please have a look around and let us know what you think.

Many thanks to the people who made this website possible: Dani Landau, Jack Rose, Paul Gilbert, Kamina Walton, Angie Page, Sean Collins, Johanna Redmond, Claire Lowman, Active Bristol / Quartet, Sparkplugs, Streets Alive, Jack Terry and the traffic team at Bristol City Council.

A huge thanks also goes out to the three hundred plus volunteers and participants throughout Greater Bedminster who took part in the pilot events. Thank you!  We are encouraged by the gorgeous vitality of the people of all ages who came out to play; the imaginative and resourceful games and physical activity, lively discussion and new friendships between neighbours.

There is great momentum for making truly liveable neighbourhoods. Together, we CAN make playing out an ordinary part of our cites!

All the best,

Alice and Amy

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