Play Wales supports initiatives that reclaim the streets and neighbourhoods for children and teenagers to be able to range and play.
For most children, there has been a decrease in the use of streets and outdoor areas for play near their homes. Parents tell us that they are fearful of the combination of more vehicles on the roads and the speed of traffic which means that they stop their children playing out.
We have worked with Playing Out – a parent and resident-led movement working to promote street play – to produce a manual and supporting materials to support parents to organise play sessions on their street.
How to organise playing out sessions on your street is a a step-by step guide to organising street play sessions, based on the experience of parents and residents across the UK.
This is a version of Playing Out’s manual for residents in Wales.
The Playing Out model
A playing out event is a play session led by neighbours for neighbours and only publicised within the immediate streets. A residential road is closed to traffic to ensure safety and freedom of movement for participants, with volunteer stewards at each road closure point to redirect traffic and give parents peace of mind.
Parents and carers are responsible for their own children. The emphasis is on free, unstructured play and people usually bring out their own toys such as skipping ropes, bikes and scooters. Children are simply given the space and permission to play in the street, whilst adults have the opportunity to meet and get to know their neighbours better and experience a car-free street.