The Impact of Playing Out
Playing out is benefiting children, adults, streets and wider communities. Here’s how it’s making a difference.
A growing national movement
Since Playing Out began supporting residents to organise street play where they live:
- Over 630 street communities have ‘played out’ in 66 different local authority areas across the UK
- Most of these streets are having at least 12 sessions a year
- Around 18,000 children and 9000 adults have been directly involved on their street
- 50 councils are now actively supporting the playing out model and many have specific street play policies in place
This is just what we manage to record. We know that much more informal playing out is happening in streets and spaces across the UK because parents, residents and professionals are starting to think differently. Here’s the deeper impact taking place each time residents open their front doors to meet, play and use the immediate space in a shared way:
80% of UK children don’t get the basic minimum recommended level of physical activity to be well. Playing out gives children space and freedom to get much needed exercise outdoors, gain independence and skills, and make new friends close to home. Read more information and evidence here…
Children and parents are often isolated in their homes. The process of opening a street for play increases connections, friendship and trust between neighbours of all ages and backgrounds, and develops a stronger sense of ‘our street’. Read more information and evidence here…
Organising playing out, volunteering as a steward and changing the use of the street is a form of community action. It demonstrates citizenship in action to children growing up on the street. Often residents feel inspired to do more within their neighbourhood. Read more information and evidence here…
Changing culture around children’s freedom
All this together, along with smaller important actions like spreading the word and showing support, and alongside the wider, growing national and international movement for children’s freedom, is beginning to change things.