Children,s Playful Ideas Become Reality
31 Jan 2008
Groundwork West London is delighted to announce that it has received £123,932 of funding from the BIG Lottery Fund’s Playful Ideas programmefor its innovative No Particular Place to Go Project.
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Groundwork West London is delighted to announce that it has received £123,932 of funding from the BIG Lottery Fund’s Playful Ideas programme for its innovative No Particular Place to Go Project. Thanks to this funding, which will run until 2011, young people in west London will see their imaginative and creative ideas become reality, as they take on a central role in the design of new play spaces.
The No Particular Place to Go Project aims to empower young people living in housing estates in west London to positively shape the places where they live and play. Groundwork will work with one housing estate each year, bringing local young people together with artists, youth workers and landscape architects to encourage their active involvement in the design of community play spaces.
The project will involve a series of consultation workshops led by a core group of young people, who will then consult their peers, the local community and local stakeholders and partners. Observational trips to award winning playgrounds will also be held, to inspire the young people and make them aware of the possibilities. Following this will be the design phase led by Groundwork West London’s Landscape Architect team, which will facilitate the young people in designing new play spaces.
This project is not just about giving young people a voice and the power to improve their local environment. Throughout the project, a major evaluation will also take place which is hoped to record a quantitative reduction in anti-social behaviour in the project areas.
According to Fran Davies, Senior Community and Education Officer at Groundwork, “This project is an innovative and necessary progression to our typical community consultations. Giving young people the freedom, skills and resources to determine what happens to their outdoor spaces will hopefully lead to a greater sense of empowerment and achievement. Once a feeling of ownership and connection with a play area is instilled in young people, they tend to place more value and care on the facilities.“
If you are a Local Authority or Housing Association who would like to partner with Groundwork West London on this exciting project, please contact Fran Davies on 020 8743 3040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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