What began as a micro-local creative action by neighbours Amy Rose and Alice Ferguson on their own street has since become a national movement to restore street play as a part of normal, active childhood. Concerned about their own children’s roaming range and reduced opportunities for free play in their neighbourhood, Amy and Alice, with the support of neighbours, closed their street for several hours after school on International Children’s Day in June 2010. Their action sparked further activity on other streets and beyond.
Amy was a co-founder of Playing Out and served as a co-director from its inception in 2010 through 2016. During that time it developed into a thriving initiative that has been instrumental in affecting policy and cultural attitudes and behaviours relating to street play. A innovative integration of grass roots, ‘bottom up’ activity with formal organisational and ‘top-down’ support, Playing Out engages residents across England to reclaim their streets and public spaces for play and social activity.
Visit the Playing Out website for further details.