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Play for the children of Swansea

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All Welsh local authorities were instructed by the Welsh government to assess whether there are sufficient play opportunities in their area.

We have worked with Swansea University between November 2012 and March 2013 to produce a Play Sufficiency Assessment.

The assessment involved mapping and logging play projects and play spaces, as well as looking at how school, transport, the environment, planning and a range of other services impact on children's opportunities to play in Swansea.  It also involved consultation with those who help plan and deliver play locally, the general pubic through a media campaign and, most importantly, children and young people themselves.

The main themes that came out were:

  • Better, and more accessible, information about what is available and where.
  • Recognising the importance of safe space to play, with dog mess a common concern.
  • Helping people understand the importance of play, and giving ideas on play for families.
  • More access to schools and their grounds for play.

From there, action plans have been produced for the next year and looking further ahead.  To find out more about the Play Sufficiency Assessment contact Stephen Cable, Children's Play Officer.

Swansea has been given a grant from Welsh Govt. to help us implement this and as part of this, we are offering the chance for community play projects and schools to apply for two grants to support them between now and 31st March 2014. See link to the side of the page.

 

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