Hackney Play Association Contact Details
Hackney Play Association is a play development charity working to improve children and young people's quality of life, through play. We do this by:
- Providing information, support and advice to parents, teachers, playworkers, play space designers and communities
- Offering training, qualifications and consultancy
- Supporting volunteering at local play projects
- Promoting good quality play and play provision
- Representing the Play Sector on many partnerships
- Providing inclusive play opportunities
Tackling Poverty and Disadvantage
By many measures, Hackney is one of the most deprived borough in the UK. 49% of Hackney's children are growing up on or below the poverty line. Many children in Hackney face multiple barriers including poor quality living environments, overcrowded housing, high rates of crime and unemployment. Almost 20% of Hackney’s young people are obese and a further 15% overweight
Better play opportunities are vital to combat poverty and disadvantage. Benefits of play include:
- Physical and mental health and development, addressing health inequalities
- Development of social skills
- Problem solving, risk assessment and resilience
- Raising aspirations through new experiences and opportunities
- Community cohesion
High quality play provision is also important for parents and communities.
Parents and carers are frequently big supporters of staffed play provision... They bring parents into contact with other parents and facilitate the creation of informal social bonds and support networks – crucial lifelines in deprived neighbourhoods and for parents in need.
Support is often expressed through volunteering, which in turn can be beneficial to parents, who learn valuable skills.
People make Play, Demos/Play England, 2010
Hackney Play Association is registered charity number 1145960. Our most recent independently inspected accounts can be found on the Charity Commission website. Read more about the Play Association below:
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