Making streets a safe place for children to play - and bring communities together

Playing Out is a social enterprise that enables residents to make playing out in the street happen where they live. This means children are free and safe to use the street space to play, make friends and build a sense of belonging to their street and neighbourhood, while adult neighbours can meet and build trust.

Starting in Bristol, Playing Out developed a model of temporary street closures where through-traffic is diverted for a few hours during playing out sessions. Residents themselves organise and run these sessions. Research shows playing out means healthier children and happier, stronger communities. At the last count, 63 councils had a play street policy and almost 1000 street communities – 30,000 children – had “played out”. The idea has even started to spread internationally, to Australia, Canada and many other countries. In July, the UK government officially backed the scheme and wrote to an official letter to all English Highway Authorities saying, “play streets offer wonderful opportunities not merely for children, but for families and communities”.

Contact: Alice Ferguson, co-founder and managing director – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 0117 9537167 or 07896 957141

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