Welcome to Leeds Play Network

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Leeds Play Network is a charity that was created in 1988 to support playworkers and promote the value of play for all children. 

We believe that play is the universal language of childhood. It is through play that children learn, make friends and make sense of the world around them. Play helps children develop their brain, stimulates creativity and problem-solving, promotes resilience and social skills and maintains physical, mental and emotional health.

At Leeds Play Network we take play seriously and work across the city to ensure children have access to quality play. Our services have developed over the last 25 years and we currently:

  • provide local support and practical advice to help anyone in Leeds who is interested in running street play sessions
  • co-ordinate and deliver mobile outdoor play sessions to allow children access to play opportunities within their communities
  • deliver Play Partners a short break support service which enables children and young people with special needs to attend mainstream clubs and activities  with one to one support from a short break worker
  • run arts and crafts workshops in the city centre


You can find information about all of our services on our website.  If you have any further  queries you can telephone us during our office opening hours which are 10.00am till 5.00pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only.