Children and young people in Bristol will now have the chance to improve their health, confidence and self-esteem after the CSV Play Rangers project received a £250,000 boost from the Big Lottery Fund for the next three years.
CSV Play Rangers has been delivering outdoor play and learning across Bristol for 6 years and the new funding will allow them to continue the activity sessions and improve access to outdoor play in areas such as Hartcliffe, Withywood and Knowle West. The grant will fund four play sessions a week, as well as bringing together local children, young volunteers and adult volunteers to form a project steering group.
Nicky Jones, CSV Play Manager in Bristol said: “CSV is delighted to have received this funding from the Big Lottery to continue working outdoors in the heart of the community with the children that really need interesting and challenging play opportunities. CSV Play Rangers will offer quality activities and support to the children and will engage the community to ensure they are involved in the direction of the project.”
Lucy de Groot, CSV Chief Executive, said: “This vital grant from the Big Lottery Fund will go a long way to help young people be active in their community, combat social exclusion and tackle health problems. This provides opportunities for them to experience new adventures that will challenge them.”
CSV are working in partnership with Learning Partnerships West, the Bristol Youth Links provider of services for children and young people to ensure that play is provided across the South of Bristol in as many green spaces as possible. To find the nearest Play Rangers sessions, please visit:www.goplacestoplay.org.uk