Play Quarter Pilot
Children's freedom to roam - to independently go to the shops, the park or walk to school has been steadily shrinking over the last three generations. This project aims to reverse this.
This six month pilot project focuses on the Palmers Green neighbourhood in the London Borough of Enfield. The aim is that it will become a place where children are welcomed by the community and can independently enjoy everything the area has to offer.
We will build relationships with play street organisers, shop keepers, local schools, cafe owners, bus drivers, street scene workers, community policing teams, postal workers and others who are present in the community, to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of independence in child development and how they can support it. These people will be encouraged to make small changes to the way they work, like taking time out to talk to the children they see during their daily routines - and handing out stickers to children that they see playing well and independently.
The project will include running play sessions with volunteers, running walking buses to parks and play events. A series of 'Safe Points' will be established around the neighbourhood such as at the community café in the park, the corner shop or the train station - allowing children to play freely in the knowledge that they can find a trustworthy adult if they encounter a problem. A 'peer buddies' system will establish networks of children who can play together.
We hope that Palmers Green will be the first of many Play Quarters to be established across London and ultimately beyond it. For more information about this project please contact Catherine Nicholson, (who works two days a week at present) by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0203 384 8510.
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