People for Play


People for Play

A campaigning workshop and picnic

WHERE: Coram’s Fields, 93 Guilford St, London WC1N 1DN

WHEN: 10.00am Saturday 9 September

This free event will bring together seasoned campaigners for play with those just starting out on their journey to share tips, successes and challenges; and develop skills and knowledge to help them campaign with confidence.

Invited speakers include Friends of Market Place Playground, Finchley; and campaigners from Ravensbourne Park, Catford. They will share inspiring stories of starting and growing grassroots play campaigns, influencing decision makers and sourcing funds for play.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children are welcome – there will be playworkers on site running junk modelling, street games and other activities for the duration of the event.

All attendees will receive the pilot play campaign toolbox with ideas, case studies, tip sheets and other resources to help them become effective play campaigners.

Reserve your free space(s) by emailing 


Event outline below: subject to change

10.00am Welcome and refreshments 

10.30am Campaigning for play in London – setting the context

10.50am Why Play (a film from Play Wales) 

11.00am Growing a campaign for play, Market Place Playground, Finchley

11.20am Funding and organising for play, Ravensbourne Park, Catford

11.40am Group discussions and brainstorming

12.30pm Groups feedback/shared

13.00pm Thanks and close

Picnic and play outside (or indoors if it’s raining!) until 2.30pm 

This workshop is part of the Communities United for Play project, funded by Trust for London. If you would like to join the project for 2023/24 and get support to campaign for better play in your area, whatever stage you are at, please get in touch via 

Current work
This two year project sees London Play working alongside local play campaigners, supporting them to successfully challenge threats to local play spaces or services; and influence decisions relating to play.
London Play in the news
The Guardian has shone a spotlight on one of the campaigns London Play is supporting through the Communities United for Play initiative: in Lewisham,  parents and children are angry that developers have firstly taken over the only playground in the area, and then failed to reopen it as promised.


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