‘People tend to forget that play is serious’
David Hockney, British artist
How we work so London can play
80 Adventure Playgrounds
19.5 sqm of Green Space per Person
Garfield Weston Foundation
The Garfield Weston Foundation has thrown its support behind a play–led recovery for children in London, with a £20,000 grant to London Play.
To do excellent and innovative projects, an organisation needs a strong core. With the vast majority of our funding committed to direct project delivery, we are really grateful to have some of our core costs covered by the Garfield Weston Foundation. As we emerge from the worst of the pandemic, this will help provide the stability needed to launch new exciting projects and plan strategically for the future.
Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards
The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards knows a good playing card when it sees one! The company’s charitable arm has put its gravitas behind Play 52: playing cards that ‘really play’.
The Makers of Playing Cards Charity is funding the third iteration of Play 52, a special London themed pack.
Henry Surtees Foundation
The Henry Surtees Foundation has generously supported our popular Go Kart Build and Race each year since 2015. The Foundation was set up by the late great motorsport legend John Surtees CBE, in memory of his son Henry who died in a racing accident in 2009. Among its priorities is to support the advancement of young people in life “by helping them to develop their skills, capacities and capabilities so that they can participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals.”
The National Lottery Community Fund
Previously known as the Big Lottery, our biggest current funder is supporting the transformation of London streets through a four year grant to deliver the Playful Communities project. We are working with residents in 16 boroughs to activate play on their streets – continuing the London play street revolution that we began way back in 2008 with our first Lottery-funded Street Play initiative.
Mayor of London
The Mayor’s Young London Inspired Fund is supporting our exciting Camp Build project, giving 11-15 year olds the chance to camp out and ‘build in the wild’. Groups of young people from adventure playgrounds will acquire skills that they can use when they return to their playgrounds, to help with the upkeep and development of the site.
In 2021 our Formula Fun go kart build and race events will be part of the Mayor’s Let’s Do London campaign to bring Londoners and visitors back into the city in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
City Bridge Trust
Since 2015, City Bridge Trust has funded Play Works; an exciting joint project between London Play and London-based adventure playgrounds. Phase I saw adventure play staff across 10 London boroughs develop processes to monitor, measure and evaluate the effectiveness of what they do; and out of this came the Play Works Toolkit.
Phase II of the project sees the development of a standalone London Adventure Playgrounds website to provide a dedicated home for the toolkit and all things adventure play in London. We hope it will result in greater recognition of the huge benefits adventure playgrounds bring to the communities they are located in.