Frustrated by the lack of green spaces and busy roads that harmed the freedom of their children to play out, neighbours Alice Ferguson and Amy Rose hit on an idea that would both provide a temporary solution and start to change things more deeply.
They knew you could apply to have a street party – why not use this procedure to simply close the street to traffic one day after school, giving over the space to children? The movement ‘Playing Out’ was born.
Many hundreds of people across the UK are working to activate a culture of playing out in their own streets and a growing number have become ‘area activators’, helping to establish the idea across their city or neighbourhood.
The organisation consists of a small team of staff and freelancers based in Bristol, steered by a voluntary board of directors with help from a wider group of ‘expert friends‘.