Playing Out is an ongoing project, originally funded by Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust in 2008 for 3 years. Public Health is now part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. In 2014 PATH was successful in our tender to continue delivery of this project until March 2017, this has now been extended until July 2017.
Play is a basic human right for all children, set out in Article 31 of the UN Convention, part of the role of this project is to advocate for that right.
Research shows that play benefits children's mental and physical health, read the fact sheet from the National Children's Bureau here.
Play also increases feelings of well being and helps build resilience and affiliations to others and communities.
Each space we work from is different, we respond to requests from residents and landlords, walking, talking and finding new places to play. Each new environment offers new possibilities and challenges.
From April 2011 - March 2015 the BIG Lottery funded the Keep Playing project. These 2 projects worked together to increase play opportunities for children in Tower Hamlets.
Three new play spaces have been created with additional funding from The London Marathon Trust and over 1,000 children and adults signed up to be Play Champions, doing what they could to support play locally.
Although the Keep Playing project has ended PATH continues to deliver outdoor play sessions around Tower Hamlets through Public Health and other funding.
As of February 2017 PATH delivers 7 play sessions a week, at long standing sites on Gascoigne estate and in Mile End. We have sessions in Bethnal Green E2 and Bow E3 as well as sessions in Poplar E14 at Burdett, Lincoln, Hind Grove estates. We occasionally open up our Play Pod in Mile End Park and work with others to have one off playful sessions.
We would like to say a big Thank You to everyone who has supported PATH play projects, we are always keen to hear from anyone who wants to get involved in making their area a more playful place for everyone to live.
To find out more about PATH play projects please contact PATH Play Development Manager Eleanor Image on 0207 729 3306