Serious Play

Project Category: Informal community groupProject Tags: Children & young people, Gardens and Mental Health

  • Our Story

    Laughter. Running. Jumping. Climbing. Sliding. When you think of a playground, you think of a happy, carefree environment.
    But there’s much more than just fun. Playgrounds are like hands-on classrooms where children are able to test and extend their abilities, develop their self confidence, assess risk correctly and enjoy and feel pride in their achievement.
    Together as a community, 60 families appeal to you for funds for supervised play haven geared to children aged 0-6 in the area.
    Our Solution: We have a 10 yr lease at peppercorn rate for an unused space which will be converted into a supervised play area.
    The problem:
    1)Crowded Flats: E5 9LU is a pocket of deprivation where commercial buildings were transformed in many mini-sized flats accommodating much more people per square metre than recommended Space Act.
    2)Immediate garden is unsafe because no gates separating children from cars and teens wild ball games have caused several injuries to younger kids.
    3)Nearby parks are hotspots for gangs and several anti-social incidents by these youngsters have been reported already, making these pocket parks and even larger park- Mill field park a repellent for younger kids.
    4) Multiple Disadvantage: 96% of immediate residents and many of neighbouring families are dependent on means tested benefits. 45% receive weekly food parcels or rely on Soup kitchen/food bank just to meet basic needs. Five families are
    grieving recent death or divorce of parent just this year and not managing with loss of salary and support. Surprisingly, between 60 families , there are 15 children in receipt of DLA for middle to higher level disability and additional children with lower level or undiagnosed disabilities. These vulnerable children cause a lot of stress at home, but can not even be sent to air out in the garden as are baits to bullying and vulnerable to dangers in the street. What prompted me to organise consultation when neighbours have been talking about it on daily basis was seeing children playing cops and robbers and using large recycling and general waste bins as prisons and locking each other,and younger kids in these bins
    Our Project: We will fix unlevelled and cracked surface and install fake grass which will caution falls and slide set and enclose area. we will organise rotation of parents and volunteers to supervise playground Sundays and Holidays. At other
    times children can play under parents supervision. We will allocate special slots for children with ADHD and ASD who require special environment at times. The equipment will be maintained ongoing but arrangement of supervised play and
    monthly fun days will be for one year.
    USER CONSULTATION AND ROLE IN PROJECT DELIVERY. Unlike many organisations our organisation structure does not have a hierarchy. We joint together, as concerned parents and neighbours. We are a diverse group and currently not yet integrated but we are determined to be; we all tolerate and respect each other and aim to be connected, to help each other, share resources, watch our children play together so that we can live cohesively. We went door to door to each neighbour to discuss family needs and offer choices to maximise space, they then completed a consultation form which presented a 97% vote for 0-6 supervised playground.
    Monitoring: Every month we will host a fun activity session in the playground and ask parents for feedback about how we can improve our services.
    The core impact will be that children will access a safe and supervised space to play.

    The impact of play is:
    Play is socially interactive: Play allows children to communicate ideas, to understand others through social interaction. Free play has an important role to a child’s emotional growth, experimenting with various emotions; and releasing emotions from trauma. Free play also encourages children to develop skills that build self-confidence, such as conflict resolution and imaginative dramatic.



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    London Borough of Hackney