Volunteers help playground swing into action

Runners from the Good Gym get to work  clearing a pathway

Good Gym Hackney volunteers get to work

Homerton Grove Adventure Playground reopens for fun and thrills this Saturday (13th September), after more than 50 volunteers undertook a week-long revamp! Local residents, playworkers at the playground, Tesco staff and a group of good-hearted runners, all rose to the makeover challenge, freely giving their time to do gardening, building work and repairs.

The improvements mean the popular playground, run by Hackney Play Association, can offer enhanced play facilities to the hundreds of children who use it throughout the year.

Bridget Handscomb, Play Manager at Hackney Play Association said: “The team of fantastic volunteers did some really vital repairs and improvements at Homerton Grove, which will in turn benefit the children and young people who come here. In just over a week they built a sandpit; repaired fencing and flooring; provided lighting and drainage; as well as doing gardening and general tidying up. We hugely appreciate the support of everyone who threw themselves so willingly into some really hard graft!”

The initiative was supported by 12 Tesco staff from Tesco’s Hackney Community Champion scheme, which is an on-going partnership; Free Play Designs; and over 30 people from the GoodGym http://www.goodgym.org/home – a group of runners who combine regular exercise with helping community projects. Five playworkers and five friends of the adventure playground, including parents, also rolled up their sleeves to help.

Elaine Price, Tesco Borough Community Champion said: “It’s so exciting to be in the position to offer support to the regeneration of Homerton Grove. This will make a difference to the young people living here in Hackney and to where it matters in our local community.”

Homerton Grove is a free-entry playground, open to children and young people aged up to 15. It is staffed by qualified playworkers and is open year-round after school and on Saturday afternoons, as well as offering longer hours in school holidays. Youngsters are able to explore and experiment with an array of challenging experiences such as a thrill-seekers’ zip wire, a real London taxi suspended amid a huge climbing castle, den building, gardening, sports and games, plus plenty of activities such as painting, crafts and cookery. The playground reopens to children and their families at 11am on Saturday 13th September. The Autumn programme will also feature new opportunities for children to play actively and learn about healthy lifestyles, as part of Hackney Council’s Get Hackney Healthy Challenge.

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For more information or to attend the official opening at 11am on 13th September, contact Bridget Handscomb, 020 8525 7932 or email bridget.handscomb@hackneyplay.org

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