Street play, or ‘playing out’, sessions are short, resident-led road closures to let children play safely and freely outside their own front door.
Streets are now doing this all over the UK and it’s having really positive benefits for children and communities.
Watch a short video below of Playing Out in action in Hackney where the intiative has been running for some time.
How does it happen?
Neighbours discuss the idea first and then apply to their local council, consulting with everybody living in the street.
Some streets apply to do a one-off session. Others do it weekly or monthly if permission is granted by the council. Sessions usually last between 1 and 3 hours.
On the day, neighbours close the road to traffic using official signs and barriers. Residents can still drive in and out at walking speed, guided by volunteer stewards.
Parents and carers are responsible for their children as on any other day.
- Gives children the space and freedom they need to be healthy and happy
- Helps them gain skills, independence and responsibility
- Lets everyone make friends on the street
- Makes use of the space outside our front doors
It is also an opportunity for the adults to socialise, and to chat to neighbours you may not have spoken to, or even have a street party with music and food.
Playing Out is a not-for-profit organisation set up by parents in Bristol and now providing free resources, advice and inspiration for residents around the UK who want to open their streets for play. As well as instructional videos and a step-by-step 'manual for organisers', you can download template posters and other materials and contact them directly for advice. Playing Out is a growing resident led movement with thousands of people taking action in their communities.
You can connect with this through the Playing Out Facebook group.
- Website: www.playingout.net
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: 0117 9537167
If you interested in learning how to close your road, please read the Playing Out step by step guide
Wolverhampton for Everyone would love to hear from anyone in Wolverhampton who is interested in closing their street so children can play out.
To submit a request to the local authority for a Temporary Play Street Order, please complete the Playing Out Form