We have a vision of a city where all children have the freedom to play.
Did you know? Play in London is under attack. Space for play is threatened by encroaching development and traffic. Freedom to play is stifled by distorted perceptions of risk, and fear. Time for play is eaten up by homework, organised activities & screen-based entertainment. Funding for play workers and play spaces is increasingly scarce.
Play is important. It is deemed so vital to children’s health, happiness and development that the right to play is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
London Play works to ensure children have the space, time and freedom to play. We want every child in London to have high quality, free play opportunities, near to where they live.
How do we do that? Well, since you asked:
We work with play providers…
…in the voluntary, community, statutory and private sectors, supporting their efforts to increase play opportunities for children in London’s 33 boroughs. For example our Play Works and Play Havens projects supporting adventure playgrounds.
We directly create more play opportunities for children…
…through funded projects, working with local play organisations or community bodies wherever possible. For example our Royal Parks outreach project, Camp Build and our Go Kart events.
We work alongside communities and children…
…themselves to support their own responses to the need for play opportunities. For example our Play Street projects and work in schools.
We campaign to raise the profile of play…
…with politicians, decision makers, parents, schools and other individuals or organisations who influence children and young people’s lives – through the media, our publications and by contributing to policy-making structures. See here for our press releases and statements.
”The right to play is the child’s first claim on the community. Play is nature’s training for life. No community can infringe that right without doing enduring harm to the minds and bodies of its citizens.”
David Lloyd George, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom