PATH was set up in 2001 to support play providers in Tower Hamlets. If you would like advice or training related to play and playwork contact us for more information.

We believe every child should have access to quality play provision and are happy to work with organisations and indivduals to increase play opportunities for children in Tower Hamlets.

Maybe you are already running a project or want to get one started, here is a list of possible funders who have supported play projects to have a look at. PATH has a resource library of books for anyone wanting to study more about play and playwork.


Check the guidelines on funding pages for what each organisastion wants to achieve as well as dates and timescales for submitting applications. If your project meets their criteria start to map out your idea and see what they have funded previously.

Awards for all 

This is a National Lottery funded scheme offering funding from £300 to £10,000 to support community projects.

Jack Petchey Foundation 

Funds projects for young people aged between 11 and 25 in London. It supports projects that help young people to overcome problems and to develop self-esteem.

BBC Children in Need 

Awards grants to organisations supporting disadvantaged children and young people.

Training and Support

Here are some useful links to places where you will find training and support to help you build your community projects.

Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Services(THCVS)

This is an independent membership organisation for voluntary, community faith and social enterprise organisation in the borough of Tower Hamlets.

East London Business Alliance (ELBA)

ELBA builds the connection between businesses and the community in East London and acts as a channel for business skills and experience to contribute to social regeneration.

Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets

A quality accredited member of the national body for volunteer centres, Volunteering England, it provides a comprehensive and responsive volunteering infrastructure service to all volunteer-involving organisations and volunteers in Tower Hamlets.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

NCVO gives voices and support to voluntary and community organisations.


VolResource provides practical information for running a voluntary organisation.

Other play organisations

Have a look at the work of some of the other play organisation in the UK.

London Play

Play England

Play Wales

Play Scotland

Play Board – Play in Norther Ireland