Stay and Play is a family based outdoor adventure play session which takes place weekly in schools or parks within Bristol, it stems from the firm knowledge and belief that children need and want outdoor play. Essentially children stay behind after school with their parents or carers to engage in stimulating and positive activities which nourish an engagement in play in the natural environment with a cooperative approach. Parents / carers may help to facilitate or get to know one another beyond a brief ‘hello’ in the school playground, adults quickly find an increased confidence in allowing their children to play in ways which expose their children to risk but in a controlled way. Schools and local communities have found that these sessions have a massive impact on children’s wellbeing and development, community cohesion and proves the theory that children’s play is the ‘social glue’ which can bring communties together. We have had a proven track record of delivering this fantastic scheme over 4 years at Glenfrome Primary School, Compass Point Primary School, St Anne’s Park Primary School, Hannah Moore Primary School, The Artspace Lifespace College and on Horfield Common. Our funders for this work have included Bristol City Council, John James Foundation, Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing Fund, Quartet Express Grant and Play in Action.
Please contact us if you are interested in running a project in your school or local area.