Street Play Workshop 19th March
Photograph courtesy of Helen Forman
Leeds Play Network – Unit,
5 The Courtyard,
110-118 Church Street
Hunslet LS10 2JA GB – View Map
Street play provides children with the opportunity to play freely and safely on their own doorstep and provides numerous benefits for both children and adults alike. Leeds Play Network is currently working with Play England on the Street Play Active, Healthy Communities project funded by the Department of Health to provide support and advice to residents and organisations interested in street play. Therefore we would like to invite you to a free workshop which aims to provide all the essential information about street play and the inspiration to open up our streets for play.
We are pleased to announce that the workshop will be led by Alice Ferguson, co-founder of the national street play organisation Playing Out. In 2009, in response to the decrease in numbers of children playing out on the street, Alice and her neighbours temporarily closed their street to cars so that children could play out safely and freely. Since then, this resident-led ‘playing out’ model has been shared widely, encouraging a revival of street play both nationally and internationally. Alice has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience which she will be sharing throughout the workshop. Leeds resident Helen Forman will also be here to talk about the experience of organising sessions on her own street over the past three years.
The workshop will get us thinking about the benefits of, and barriers to, children’s freedom to play out and will cover all the practical aspects of how to organise street play sessions. There will also be plenty of time for questions and general discussion with Alice, Helen, Leeds Play Network staff and other attendees to help you benefit from shared experience and encourage you to get started on your street.
Who is this workshop suitable for?
The workshop is aimed at anyone who has an interest in street play and wants to find out more information. This could include:
- Potential street play organisers
- Other interested residents
- Play/community development workers
- Other professionals or policy-makers interested in supporting residents
Join us from 10.30am for light refreshments and a chat before the workshop begins at 11.00am. Everyone is welcome we look forward to meeting you.