All images courtesy of Playing Out
Children in Knowle West could be playing out safely next spring – with the chance for local people to make their road a Play Street.
Play Streets are short temporary road closures organised by residents on their own street – creating a safe space for children to play together on their doorstep.
Playing Out is a national organisation and movement for longer term change – which started in Bristol over 10 years ago and has since helped set up over 250 Play Streets in the city. It supports children’s right to play outside for their “health, happiness and sense of belonging.”
Bristol City Council was the first authority to create a Play Street Policy – inspiring other councils around the country.
Playing Out is now calling for more streets to get involved – including in Knowle West – and will support residents to apply for their roads to become Play Streets in spring 2022.
Bristol Play Streets Activator for Playing Out, Kate Staniforth says: “Now is the perfect time to give children what they need… a safe place to play.
“Outdoor play is vital for children’s health and wellbeing and Play Streets are an ideal way for children and communities to reconnect and recover post lockdown.”
Bristol resident Huma started a Play Street in her road after only arriving in the UK from India just 11 years previously. She was attracted to the idea of meeting her neighbours and “freeing my kids to play outside.”
She says: “If I can do this, anyone can! I actually know people on my street now and support can come out of this… I feel more confident where I live. And I feel like people see me as belonging more…”
Creating a Play Street is free – and Playing Out can support residents with everything they need to make it happen – from support with the application form and road closed signs to cones and high-viz jackets.
To view videos about the process visit: https://playingout.net/play-streets/start-on-your-street/four-simple-steps/
For free support to start applying email email@example.com or call 0117 9537167 or for more information visit www.playingout.net