The Playing Out organisation began in 2009 as a small, local, neighbour-led project, enabling children to play out on one street in Bristol through the simple model of short, stewarded road closures. In 2010 we ran a pilot on 6 Bristol streets (see attached eport) and set up the website www.playingout.net as a free resource for residents.
In 2011 we constituted as a Community Interest Company whose key aim is to enable children to play out safely on the streets where they live, with project funding to provide workshops and one-to-one support for residents. Interest and demand for our support from communities al over Bristol has now vastly outstripped our capacity to respond.
We piloted the project in the Greater Bedminster Neighbourhood partnership area of Bristol in 2010 and trial ed Bristol’s ‘Temporary Play Street Order’ (TPSO) during 2011-12, from September 2012.
Our work in Bristol has received funding from the Local Sustainable Transport fund and Bristol PCT, enabling us to support the TPSO as permanent Bristol City Council policy over two years. We hope this wil enable the project to take root in al Neighbourhood Partnership areas, with the aim of creating 100 established Play Streets across the city by the end of March 2015. This project aims to benefit thousands of children and wider communities across the city and truly establish Bristol as a beacon city for street play. It also enables us to build on existing relationships with Bristol University and UWE to formal y evaluate the model as a means to increase road-safety and sustainable transport choices.
Playing Out in Henbury & BrentryBy Kate Staniforth, Playing Out Bristol Project Worker, articl from Henbury and Brentry Newsletter
Would you like to get to know your neighbours better? Feel a greater sense of ownership of your street and do something to help children be more active? Bristoll based organisation 'Playing Out' could help
Recent Public health studies have shown that only 21% of Boys and 16% of Girls aged between 5-18 years old are getting enough exercise.
Children on Playing Out streets get the opportunity to gain confidence both physically and socially. They make new friends and have the opportunity to be more active and learn new skills such as riding bikes.
Bristol Mum, Kate is working in Henbury to help streets here start the process.
"Playing Out has had such a fantastic impact on my street. I have got to know other parents on the street and we have started babysitting for each other. I'm really excited to share my experiences with other people across Bristol and help make our city more child friendly by supporting other streets to play out. My daughter is nearly 6 and we are using outr playing out sessions as an opportunity to teach her how to ride her bike without stabilisers."
During a Playing Out sessionthe road is closed to 'Through traffic' but residents who need access are walked in and out by volunteer neighbours who act as 'stewards'. This means that the road still funcions and people don't loose access rights - but means that the children are safe at all times.
The council allows residents to hold playing out sessions up to once a week for three hours - but how frequently you play out totally depends on each street. Some play out every week, others every month. We can come to your street for a chat about what might work for you and your neighbours - help with the application process and provide free kit to ensure your street plays out safely.
If generally takes about three months for a street to start playing out, so now is a great time to start thinking about it for the spring. there are around 100 streets playing out in Bristol - yours could be next.
To get started - get in touch!
Visit our website: www.playingout.net
Tel. 0117 9537167
Facebook 'Bristol Playing Out