Whether you have five minutes or five hours, there are lots of ways you can show you Love Outdoor Play and help make sure more children can play out more often.
If you have…
- Contact Play England to donate or become a member here.
- Follow Play England on Facebook and Twitter. We’re using social media to help spread the Love Outdoor Play message far and wide. Adding a campaign Twibbon is another quick and easy way to show your online friends that you Love Outdoor Play.
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- Find places to play in your area. All children should have everyday adventures outdoors. Find your local play area or park here. Some organisations like Netmums encourage you to add your favourite places to play. Others like the National Trust showcase the best places to play outdoors.
- Add your name to our supporters list – either as an individual or as an organisation. If you’re an organisation, send us your logo and we’ll add it to the page to show that you Love Outdoor Play.
- Spread the word about the campaign. Blog, get in your local media… whatever you can. Post the campaign logo where ever you can think of! You will find lots of logos you can use here.
- Ask your local MPs and Councillors to Love Outdoor Play. The decisions they make shape the spaces and places children have to play, but do they even realise how important freedom to play outside is to you, to your family and to your local community? You can use our template letter to get your started and you can find the names of your Councillors, MP and other representatives at Write to Them, Parliament.gov.uk or Direct Gov.
- Get involved in Playday, the annual celebration of children’s right to play! Playday happens every year on the first Wednesday in August, why not organise your own play-filled celebration, or find out what’s happening in your area and offer to help out?
- Contact your local play association (if you have one) or your local authority to find out what’s happening where you live to support children’s play.
- Make your street a place to play. Playing Out provides ideas, advice and support to residents wanting to being about change in their street or neighbourhood. Playing Out have developed a model where neighbours close their street to through traffic for a couple of hours, creating a safe space for children to play out. You can find out more information here.
- Find out out what is happening in your part of the UK. In England follow Play England on Facebook or Twitter. Find out what is happening in London contact London Play. Or if you live in another part of the UK contact your national play organisation in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Big or small, whatever you do will help make sure that more children can play out more often.