Leeds Play Network is working with Play England on the Street Play Active, Healthy Communities project to reactivate a culture where children can play out by supporting local residents to close their streets at regular intervals weekly or monthly, typically for two to three hours after school or at the weekend.
INTERESTED IN MAKING YOUR STREET A PLACE TO PLAY?
Leeds residents and organisations can apply to Leeds City Council for a ‘ Temporary Play Street Order’ which closes the road to through traffic. Everyone who lives on the street can still have vehicle access in and out of the street but this is supervised and managed by adults to ensure the safety of children who are playing out on the street.
How to get started:
The first step in the process is to chat to your neighbours to see what they think about the idea of a play street. Door-knocking, a leaflet drop or holding a residents meeting are some of the ways you can spread the word to give everyone the opportunity to find out more, give their opinion and get involved.
Play streets are resident led and volunteers from the street typically steward the road closure by standing close to each road closure point. This allows them to talk to drivers to re-direct them and escort residents in and out of the street at 5mph.
When you have consulted everyone on the street and received positive feedback and support from your neighbours to help to run the sessions, you can apply to the council. The dates and times of the sessions are up to the residents and must be decided before you make your application.
how can we help you?
Leeds Play Network can offer local support and practical help to Leeds residents and community organisations interested in reactivating street play in their communities. We can:
- Offer one-to-one support and advice in person, by phone and email
- Assist with consulting your neighbours, provide letters and leaflets and attend residents meetings to answer questions
- Help with filling in the Play Streets application form
- Liaise with the Council regarding your application
- Advice on managing safety such as completing a simple and easy risk assessment and steward responsibilities
- Attend your first Playing Out session
- Loan free equipment including road signs, high vis tops and whistles
- Signpost you to free resources
the benefits for your street:
Leeds Play Network is keen to support street play activity in Leeds as it offers so many benefits to children and their families. Street play allows children to reap the physical, social, emotional and mental health benefits offered by outdoor play whilst at the same time making them a visible part of the wider community. Residents who have made street play a regular feature of their neighbourhood have reported an increase in community cohesion as people gather to organise and deliver the sessions.
We are here to help you so please get in touch with Cheryl Woods – Play Projects Co-ordinator: Telephone: 0113 2016790 or email through our Contact us page.
If you would like to find out more about the national Street Play project visit www.playengland.org.uk This project is funded by the Department of Health
For downloadable free resources and lots of information around reactivating street play visit the Playing Out website. Playing Out is a not-for-profit organisation set up by parents to activate street play across the UK.