Since forming in 2001, we’ve worked with others to improve play opportunities for children aged between 5-15 in Tower Hamlets, increasing access to a wide range of quality play opportunities and spaces.
We believe children have the right to play supported by the communities they live in. Over the years different funders have helped us support and develop play in the community. We have run thousands of weekly, free supervised drop-in play sessions in local open spaces, usually within housing estates, sometimes in parks or streets. Annually, Community Play projects have
- run an average of nearly 370 a year sessions with average attendance of 250 children
- an estimated participation of over 750 children
- an average of nearly 15,000 child-hours of physical activity.
We are currently working on two projects which you can read more about below. We have also included information on some of our past projects.
Whitehorse Adventure Playground - PATH is based at Whitehorse Adventure Playground and working with LBTH teams to keep this well loved and needed play space open for children and young people. Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities - In collaboration with Healthy Cities London, which is a project funded by Morgan Stanley, PATH has been building new play spaces and organising outdoor activities around Poplar area.
Community Play Mile End - Weekly, Wednesday play sessions in the Mile End area of Tower Hamlets, run at either the Cow Garden or Southern Grove community centre, plus special playful events for occasions like Halloween. Peoples Health Trust - From May 2017 to May 2018, PATH helped local parents to use the time when their children were at school to develop their play skills, learn first aid, and find out about local play opportunities. Community Play Bethnal Green - This project was a local resident initiative to organise weekly play sessions where children themselves were leading the way. Playing Out - Playing Out project had been running for 9 years, during which we organised numerous play sessions and met hundreds of families who say they feel more connected to neighbours after meeting them at play sessions. Inclusive Play - Between 2015 and 2016 PATH worked with specialist schools to meet play needs of disabled children, their brothers and sisters, and friends. Camping Project - The camping project provided the funding for equipment and training for PATH to run camping trips.