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Keep Playing – Playing Out Close to Home.
Play Association Tower Hamlets launched “Keep Playing”, a project funded by the Big Lottery through the Reaching Communities programme in April 2011. Keep Playing is about getting children out playing on their estates, close to their homes and supported by the community . This four year project brings together local families, Registered Social Landlords and all other housing providers to work with PATH and those interested in creating playful spaces and attitudes on Tower Hamlets housing estates.
Play Champions are people who don't just think play is important for children, they are the people who actually do something that gets kids out to play. The Keep Playing Team are on a mission to find as many Play Champions as possible in Tower Hamlets. Their stories are recorded on the Keep Playing website and they are given opportunities to meet up with other Play Champions to work on special projects and plan play events close to their homes.
We have two sets of Play Champions, the adult Play Champions and the Junior Play Champions. The Juniors are children and young people.
Play Estate Plans
As well as seeking out Tower Hamlet's Play Champions the Keep Playing Team are also working with Registered Social Landlords and other housing providers to place play high up on the agenda for local estates. Eleanor Image is working with a number of RSL's and TRA's to put play into policies relating to services to families on housing esates. She is also working with RSL's and tenants to help children to play out on their doorsteps.
Nominate a Play Champion
Do you know someone who is doing that bit extra for children's play. Do you think they deserve to be honoured as a Play Champion? If so take a look here.
If you are someone that believes that a healthy estate is one where children are seen out playing and are keen to know, or do, more contact the Keep Playing team, Eleanor Image and Suzannah Walker on 020 7729 3306 or email us here.