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Where to get support

Sharing a cup of tea

Being the one to try changing things or doing something new isn’t always easy, so it’s important to find support. Here are a few ways to do that.

Your neighbours and friends!

Draw on those around you – if you’ve put the feelers out and one or two of your neighbours seem interested, get together with them over a cup of tea to discuss your ideas and think about how to involve the rest of the street. Or buddy up with a friend on another street (or city!) and support each other. Make sure you have some fun with it. 😁

Playing Out and our network

We’re here to help! If you’ve had a look through these pages and you’ve got questions or you’re feeling unsure about something, do contact us. We’ve come across most problems and might be able to put you in touch with people locally who can help.

There is also a huge network of other parents and residents who are organising play streets – you can be part of it by joining our national Playing Out Facebook group. It’s a great place to ask questions and get friendly advice and support.

We sometimes run online training and meet ups for play street organisers like this workshop on how to run a play street. You can also join our mailing list to keep up to date.

Local community organisations and groups

If you are very lucky, there may already be a dedicated playing out group or project locally. Search our directory to find out. Otherwise, if you know of a good community organisation locally, ask if they can help you to get going. If you’re not sure who to contact, google “voluntary sector [name of your council area]” to find details of your main voluntary sector council who will list all the local community organisations. In some areas, local organisations decide to apply for funding specifically to promote and support play streets. We can advise them on this so do point them here if they are interested.

Your council

Whoever is responsible for play streets in your local council should be able to support you in some way. You can check council contact details and whether they already have a play street policy on our directory. If you’re struggling to get hold of anyone, try your local councillor. If your council doesn’t yet support play streets, read our advice on how to get them on board.

Make sure to include everyone in your play street

Read our tips