Playing Out is one of Bedminster’s most successful products, fairly new, but firmly established across the city and increasingly also in other parts of the UK. It’s one of those ‘it’s so simple and obvious, why didn’t I think of it’ ideas. Well, dear readers, most of us didn’t think of it, so GBCP NEWSLETTER is proud to set out Playing Out’s message below.
After five years, Playing Out CIC is moving from our shop at 148 North Street to a new shared work space in the old Lloyds Bank building on East Street (opposite Wilko), from mid June. Thank you to everyone who has worked with us in the shop. We’re looking forward to the next exciting phase of our work and being part of the East Street community. This seems a good moment to give a local update on what Playing Out is doing…
From local to National…
Playing Out began in 2009 when two BS3 neighbours on Greville Road, Alice and Amy, applied to close their street to cars for a couple of hours after school one day so that children could play freely and safely outside their own front doors. Thanks to the interest and shared concerns of parents everywhere, the idea spread across Bristol and beyond.
Playing Out is now a Community Interest Company aimed at restoring children’s right to play out naturally once again, and it’s a national network or even movement of people working to change things for children. To date, 150 streets and estates across Bristol have ‘played out’ (many on a regular basis) and the idea has spread to over 40 other towns and cities across the UK, enabling thousands of children to play out, getting valuable exercise, making friends and feeling part of their communities. In our East Street space, our small team will be focusing on supporting even more streets and children to ‘play out’ across the UK and trying to make bigger change happen.
New ideas in BS3/Bristol: our home patch
As well as supporting residents in the city, we also try out new ideas. Recently we’ve been working with residents in high-rise estates to support solutions to children playing out. We’ve also worked with Room 13 Hareclive in Hartcliffe on a ‘safer streets’ project, where the children have made a brilliant short (7 min) film about the impact of speeding traffic on their lives (on all children’s lives). It’s brilliant! Do watch ‘The Sad Reality’ and pass it on. Contact Playing Out for more details.
Playing Out also works with others to make Bristol a Child Friendly City, where children are free to move around independently and enjoy the city, and where they are valued as citizens in their own right.
All of this work goes towards our long-term goal of all children having the freedom to play out every day as a natural part of their lives.
Can you join us?
We would very much like to hear from anyone who wants to join us in our mission, especially anyone who wants to get things going in their street. We can give you plenty of advice, put you in touch with others who have done it, keep you inspired with our regular blog – and lend you kit! If we can help in any way, please do email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or drop in to see us in our new home. To find out more visit: www.playingout.net or call us on 9537176.