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Playing Out webinars

On this page you can find sign up links for future events, and links to recordings of all of our previous webinars.

Residents’ webinar: how and why to organise a play street or street party

Interested in organising a play street or street party, but don’t know where to start? Watch our fun, informal webinar where we talked about how (and why!) to go about it.  With the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend coming up in June, now is the time to apply to play out!

Thursday 31st March 2022

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We recently presented a series of webinars demonstrating the huge positive impact of play streets. These were open to parents, residents, activists, community and local authority professionals – anyone who was interested!

Impact webinar recordings

Impact of play streets on Active Travel

Playing Out talked to Olympic Gold Medallist, Chair of Sport England and the first Active Travel Commissioner for England, Chris Boardman MBE.

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We have also transcribed Chris Boardman’s top points and published them here for a quick read!

Wednesday 23rd February 2022

Impact of play streets on Physical Activity

Playing Out talked to GP and leading expert on active lifestyles Dr William Bird MBE, founder of Green Gym and seen on BBC Breakfast, about how active environments and specifically play streets contribute towards his chosen philosophy ‘prevention is the best medicine’.

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We have also transcribed William Bird’s top points about play streets and published them here for a quick read!

Thursday 13 January 2022

Impact of play streets on Community Building

The first in our Impact series of webinars featured a conversation with Kim Leadbeater MP, sister of the late Jo Cox, in which she shared her memories of playing out as a child, and we presented the results of our 2021 survey demonstrating how play streets positively impact the strength of communities

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Thursday 9 December 2021

During 2020 and early 2021 we ran a series of webinars on topics linked to children being able to play outside safely in their neighbourhood.

These are all available below to re-watch on demand.

Supporting residents to run play streets, making them open to all

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Tuesday 4 May 2021
How to support residents to make play streets happen, especially in areas of disadvantage.

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Play streets for covid recovery

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Thursday 25 March 2021
Find out why play streets are so needed for children’s health, wellbeing and a positive community-focussed recovery this summer. This webinar is for councils, community organisations and activists.

George Monbiot
Playing Out meets George Monbiot

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Click here to read reflections on the webinar by researcher Dr Wendy Russell.

Thursday 8 October 2020
Playing Out in conversation with writer and activist George Monbiot
Hear our Co-directors and George Monbiot discussing children’s freedom to play, safer streets, community participation, and more!

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Resident workshop - How to run a play street

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Saturday 11 July 2020
With the friendly team at Playing Out and other parent/ resident play street organisers. 
Learn how to run a play street from start to finish from the comfort of your living room!

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How to promote play streets - for councils and organisations

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Thursday 25 June 2020
With resident activators from Play.Meet.Street in North Tyneside and Playing Out.
How can you best promote play streets to reach parents and other residents across your local authority?

Getting your play street policy right for residents

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Thursday 18 June 2020
Q&A with Leeds Council Senior Engineer Gary Pritchard
How can councils use this time to ensure their play street policy is simple, accessible and supportive for residents?

Play Streets and School Streets: Why, when and how?

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Monday 8 June 2020
With speakers from Sustrans and local authority partners; Tameside, Leeds and Southampton

Q&A document here

Making streets safer now and for the future

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Tuesday 5 May 2020
With speakers from Lambeth Council, Sustrans, Newcastle University, Cycling UK & Playing Out

Managing streets during lockdown

Our co-director Alice spoke at this webinar organised by Urban Design London, click here to watch the full recording.

Friday 15 May 2020

Other speakers included Dan Johnson (Placemaking), Dinah Bornat (ZCD Architects) and John Allison (StreetGym) 

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