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Our online forums

We host two online forums for people working on play streets, playing out sessions or other interventions to reclaim space for children to play out.

They are both on zoom, and are friendly, interactive opportunities to meet others around the UK (and beyond!) working on similar projects, share inspiration, challenges and ask questions to Playing Out.

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A photo taken by an attendee of our first Professionals Forum in May 2023 - she joined us from New Zealand!

Our two online forums are:

  1. Play Streets Professionals Forum
  2. Community of Learning about playing out in communities facing greater disadvantage

See below for more detail about each.

For either of these networks, please email Lucy (Play streets programme manager) at [email protected] to join or find out more.

Play Streets Professionals Forum 

1.5 hours, quarterly

This is for anyone working in a paid capacity, to support or grow play streets, in any part of the UK or internationally. It doesn’t matter what stage of the journey you’re at, everyone is welcome. Each session will consist of a short presentation/ case study from one region, followed by lots of time for questions and small group discussion. You can drop in or come every time. Please come armed with your questions, challenges, ideas and be ready to join in. There are around 24 people signed up to this group (summer 2023).

Community of Learning about playing out in communities facing greater disadvantage 

1.5 hours, bi-monthly

This group is for anyone who wants to support people facing greater challenges or disadvantage, to be involved in playing out or play streets. The potential challenges are wide reaching and might be related to poverty, housing, physical or mental health, social exclusion, racism or anything else (many of these challenges are of course intersecting). We are open to all interpretations of ‘greater disadvantage’, but we try to emphasise a use of language that doesn’t stigmatise or disempower. There are a variety of models and ways to support this work, and we aim to discuss them all openly, learning from each other. As above, we usually start with a short presentation/ case study from one region, followed by questions and small group discussion. You can drop in or come every time. Please bring your own experience, challenges, ideas and be ready to join in.¬† There are over 50 people on the mailing list for this group (summer 2023).

Interested in participating?

Email Lucy