This timely project will give adventure playgrounds the tools to evidence and evaluate the impact of what they do, enabling them to make arguments for funding backed by hard data.
NEWSFLASH! NOVEMBER 2018: PLAY WORKS II IS GO!!
Play Works kicked off in summer 2015 thanks to a £138,000 grant from the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust. London Play will work with 12 adventure playgrounds and other play projects across London over the three years to summer 2018.
‘Austerity’ has hit London’s adventure playgrounds hard. Two iconic sites - at Battersea and Brent - have closed in the past couple of years and many of the capital's 80 or so other unique adventure playgrounds are locked in battles for survival.
The truth is that most adventure playgrounds operate on a shoestring budget, yet make huge contributions to the kind of outcomes that funders are looking for: healthier lifestyles; friendlier, safer communities; improved social cohesion; providing opportunities for volunteering; supporting parents and carers into work; raising young people’s aspirations; reducing antisocial behaviour... the list goes on. The committed staff that work at these playgrounds are good at explaining why play is important but generally lack the time, tools and resources to back this with hard evidence.
Now, Play Works will directly support 12 adventure playgrounds to help them quantify their social value. Ultimately all of London’s adventure playgrounds will benefit from the dissemination of learning from this work.
The 12 participating playgrounds will each get dedicated support and training from an experienced evaluation practitioner, some funding for staff time, and work towards developing a system for capturing what is done best at that particular playground.
For more information contact London Play's Play Works Mentor Nic McEwan by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0203 384 8510.