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Hackney Play Streets Resident Support Officer post

  Hackney Play Association is recruiting a Resident Support Officer to work on our much-praised Hackney Play Streets project. The role involves giving hands-on support and advice to Hackney residents and organisations wishing to apply for and run play streets in

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Play street organisers celebrate achievements with the Mayor

Residents from across the borough came together to celebrate their achievements at the first Hackney Play Streets Awards. The Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville, Cllr Feryal Demirci and Deputy Mayor Anntoinette Bramble attended, handing out awards as well as letters of

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Pearson Street opens for fun, thrills and friendship!

More than 200 children enjoyed playing and making friends over the summer holidays at the newly relaunched Pearson Street adventure playground. Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville and Deputy Mayor Anntoinette Bramble officially opened the Haggerston-based site on 1st September, helping with den-making as they

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Play streets as popular as ever – report shows

Hackney Play Streets are as popular as ever with around 1,400 children taking part annually in the last two years. Hackney residents volunteer to organise the road closures in their own streets, so children get to play out, and neighbours of all

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Hackney Play Streets in spotlight

Children & Young People Now (CYPN) magazine highlights Hackney Play Streets as a best practice example, in a special report on policy, play and practice. Director of Hackney Play Association Nicola Butler and play streets support officer Allison Vitalis were interviewed for

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New guidance on school play streets published

A practical new guide aimed at helping more schools run play streets, launches this week from Hackney Play Association, working in partnership with Hackney Council. The idea of schools running play streets started with Thomas Fairchild School in Hoxton, in 2013, when pupils, parents and

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Our play streets are big in Japan!

Play experts from Tokyo flew in to experience the thrills and spills of a Hackney play street recently. Families taking part in the session in Winston Road, Stoke Newington, welcomed the group of  Japanese visitors – who were on a week-long study

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Playful Hackney Weekend

Families enjoyed discovering some of Hackney’s free outdoor play spaces as part of a Playful Hackney weekend, from 18-20 March 2016. Hackney Play Association together with Outdoor People, a Hackney-based social enterprise, co-hosted the weekend as part of the Find

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Discover ‘Playful Hackney’ – part of Find Your London festival

Families are invited to discover some of Hackney’s free hidden play spaces as part of a Playful Hackney weekend, from 18-20 March 2016. Hosted by Hackney Play Association, the weekend is part of the Find Your London Festival which celebrates

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Co-producing a play space – action research report

Co-producing a play space: reading playwork stories, practices and artefacts on an adventure playground, by Stuart Lester, John Fitzpatrick and Wendy Russell. This action research project looked at the ways in which playwork practitioners at Homerton Grove make sense and give

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