About Play

Play is actually a very serious issue.

Numerous studies from around the world have shown that play is vital to children’s physical, mental and emotional health, development and wellbeing.

So what exactly is play? According to Play England, play is ‘what children and young people do when they follow their own ideas and interests, in their own way, and for their own reasons.’

This kind of free play can help to boost children’s self confidence for example whilst giving them the opportunity to socialise with other children and develop new life skills.

If you’d like to find out more there’s lots of great information about play on Play England’s Playful Communities website.

Sadly, for many children, some kinds of play opportunities are slipping away. For instance, only 21% of children play outside on the street or an area close to their homes now, compared to 71% of children from the last generation.

That’s exactly the kind of issue we aim to tackle through our work, by providing activities but also by supporting and enabling communities to develop their own play opportunities.

Play isn’t just vital for children, it’s hugely beneficial to families and communities too.

If you’d like to find out more about making your neighbourhood more playful why not get in touch with us?