Charity offers help to make local streets be more playful and neighbourly

The children’s charity London Play is supporting residents in Waltham Forest to turn their street into a play street. Play streets provide residents with the opportunity to temporarily close off their street to through traffic so that children can get out and play, and adults can have a chat and get to know each other better. Sessions normally take place after school or at weekends and last for a couple of hours.

Children playing in Brooke Rd

London Play can support you to make this happen. They can go with you to meetings, answer questions, offer advice, supply materials, help approach your council and provide funding of £400 per street. This support is free and brings with it London Play’s experience in helping Londoners create community play spaces right on their doorstep.

Play Street sign, Brooke RdOur ward already has one play street: Brooke Street (off Wood Street, just south of the station). And play streets are popping up in other parts of the Borough and across London and beyond. Playing Out, the national not-for-profit group working to support street play, says on its web site that there are schemes running in over 30 local authority areas.

If are interested, or would like to find out more, check out the London Play web page, and contact rich@londonplay.org.uk for information.

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