Supporting the younger generation

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

Pitsmoor Adventure Playground is a community-run playground in the Burngreave ward of Sheffield. Burngreave is one of the most economically deprived wards in the country and also one of the most ethnically diverse, often home to new migrants coming to Sheffield..

During opening hours children and young people from age 8 – 13 have free and open access to a range of outdoor play equipment, a multi-use games area and indoor play space and are encouraged to take part in unstructured play. Staff and volunteers are also on hand to lead some structured activities and support individuals and groups of children. Younger children may also play here if supervised by a carer.

We provide opportunities for young people to be active and healthy; to develop confidence in using their own judgement to manage their physical and emotional well-being; to share experiences, co-operate and respect others; and to become active citizens who contribute to their community.

First opened in the 1970s, generations of Pitsmoor children have played at this much-loved resource. Many have come back to volunteer and improve the site for more children to use. When threatened with closure by Sheffield City Council in 2014, local residents came together and formed a charity to keep it open, and have been busy fund-raising with the kids to ensure its future.

Many of the families using the playground cannot afford to access other play opportunities across the city. As Asea told us, “I won't know what to do if the playground closes. Playing in the street is boring, this is a much more fun place, and it's safer.”

Another to recognise the value of the playground in discouraging anti-social behaviour is national anti-knife campaigner Theresa Cave. She told us, “I have never seen a playground work as well as this one at Pitsmoor. It was clear to me after ten minutes I needed to help and I truly wish we could replicate this playground across the country.”

Our young people are also involved with running and maintaining the playground, helping to keep it vibrantly decorated, tidy and in good repair, fund-raising and telling us their ideas about how to make it better.

Our family fun days have attracted up to 200 visitors in the past and are a great way to introduce new children to the playground. As well as our usual activities, we provide some extra entertainment such as a bouncy castle, live music and competitions. This year we plan to hold four fun days, for National Children's Day, a summer barbecue and mini-Olympics, a Halloween event and a Christmas party. These events bring families from across our neighbourhood together to celebrate our community playground.

Please help us to have family fun at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground by voting for our project!

Pitsmoor Adventure Playground CIO

Location: Sheffield

We are especially proud that members of the community have come together to keep this much loved resource open; and that the children and young people who use the playground are involved in running and maintaining it, developing a sense of citizenship and belonging as well as having fun!
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