Bold move to kickstart an outdoor play renaissance in Canada

Originally posted on Rethinking Childhood:
Last week the Lawson Foundation, a Canadian family foundation, launched an ambitious outdoor play strategy with the announcement of $2.7 million (£1.3 million; $US 1.9 million) in funding for 14 projects. The strategy has an explicit and exclusive focus on unstructured outdoor play. Tackling risk aversion is a prominent theme, building on…

Conversations with Neighbours

CONVERSATIONS WITH NEIGHBOURS Originally posted by Naomi on the Playing Out website I have lived in my street for nine years – a terraced Bristol street of 30 houses – and now know nearly everyone who lives there. There are some people I just say hello to but lots I stop and have a chat with, and … Continue reading

A night with the stars

A guest post by Sue Palmer. It’s not often I get invited to introduce a film premiere – in fact, it’s never happened to me before, so I felt very honoured.  Granted this premiere was to take place in a field in late October, but it did sound like the perfect venue for Project Wild … Continue reading

Volunteering Play Power!

This summer Play Gloucestershire (a local children’s charity specialising in outdoor play) have brought the national Love Outdoor Play campaign to all corners of Gloucestershire. As part of the ‘Get Involved in Play’ programme and a member of the Free Time Consortium, our summer campaign has focused on delivering the campaign message through volunteering and … Continue reading

Playing Out in Birmingham on National Playday

A guest post by Richard Browne. Birmingham held its first Playing Out sessions on Wednesday 7 August to coincide with this year’s National Playday theme of Playful places. Three roads in the Kings Heath area of the city were temporarily closed to traffic from noon to 4 pm to allow local children to play out … Continue reading

Playing out: My perspective from child to teen

A guest post by Joshua Heinrich. As a child I loved playing outside, I loved exploring, learning and getting dirty, this has continued throughout my adult life due to my passion for geography, which is very much a field based discipline. I loved all forms of outdoor games, from building dens to playing hide and … Continue reading

Helping kids to play out in Hackney

A guest post by Claudia Draper. As a child of the 1970s, playing out in our quiet cul de sac in leafy Buckinghamshire was just a part of daily life – and for all the other kids on the street too. I remember endless football games (with me stuck in goal), cricket, British Bull Dog … Continue reading

Young volunteers Love Outdoor Play

Guest post by Pip Levett. Play Gloucestershire are bringing the Love Outdoor Play campaign to Gloucestershire this summer. With funding through the Free Time Consortium’s Get Involved in Play programme, we aim to get more children in Gloucestershire playing outdoors more often. At the heart of our campaign and our charity’s work, is our growing … Continue reading

Everyone has a skill or life experience that can be shared with others

This week’s blog posts are brought to you by volunteers who are supporting local play projects involved in the Free Time Consortium’s ‘Get Involved in Play’ programme funded by the Cabinet Office’s Social Action Fund. We want to celebrate the amazing work done by the volunteers – children, parents and grandparents – who Love Outdoor … Continue reading

Volunteering – you are trained and listened to

This week’s blog posts are brought to you by volunteers who are supporting local play projects involved in the Free Time Consortium’s ‘Get Involved in Play’ programme funded by the Cabinet Office’s Social Action Fund. We want to celebrate the amazing work done by the volunteers – children, parents and grandparents – who Love Outdoor … Continue reading