Why London Play?
We have a vision of a capital city where all children have the freedom to play
Play in London is under attack. Space for play is threatened by encroaching development and the dominance of traffic. Freedom to play is stifled by distorted perceptions of risk, and fear. Time for play is eroded by the competing demands of homework, scheduled activities and digital entertainment. Budgets for play workers and play spaces are shrinking.
Play in London needs a voice. London Play is that voice. We strive for London's children to have the best free play opportunities, near to where they live. We work in various ways to achieve this:
• Working with play providers in the voluntary, community, statutory and private sectors to support their efforts to increase play opportunities for children in London's 33 boroughs.
• We support organisations such as such as play associations and work with local playgrounds, play centres, playworkers and community groups to increase and improve play opportunities in London's neighbourhoods
• Directly provide more play opportunities through funded projects, working with local play organisations or community bodies wherever possible. For example Access to Nature and Taking Nature to the Streets.
• Engaging communities and children themselves to support their own responses to the need for play opportunities
• Working to raise the profile of play with politicians, decision makers, parents, schools and other bodies who work with or influence children and young people - through the media, our publications and by contributing to policy-making structures.