Helpful links for you and the family
Bristol Youth Links
tel: 0117 3525714
Learning Partnership West
Creative Youth Network
Bristol Drugs Project
Outdoor toys and safety
Online Safety and Security Tips for Children, Teens and Young Adults
Barton Hill Settlement
Bristol Playbus Project
Bristol Children’s Scrapstore
Bristol Association for Neighbourhood Daycare
Life Coach Directory
Advice on parenting issues: www.lifecoach-directory.org.uk
Sports Pitches & Courts
Booking sports pitches and courts in Bristol's parks and green spaces
tel: 0117 354 5040
St Werburgh’s City Farm
Active travel and play
Tennis in the Parks
Each year we organise tennis coaching for adults
tel: 0117 354 5040
Information about the TreeBristol campaign
tel: 0117 952 5638
Walking for Health in Bristol
Information about short, safe, sociable walks within local communities
tel (Mon - Weds): 0117 352 1199
tel (Tues - Thurs): 0117 352 1283
What's on in Bristol
To find out about events happening across the city, visit:
Windmill Hill City Farm
Totterdown Childrens' Community Workshop
Contact Alex or Kevin on...
tel: 0117 971 5568
mob: 07760 724893
Some useful documents
Every day a new adventure Bristol's big lottery children's play programme
Making play matter A play policy for Bristol's children & young people
Play in Action A toolkit to inspire playful neighbourhoods
Play charter Bringing play to life
Active Bristol 2008-13 aims to increase physical activity levels in children and young people through the promotion of active play, walking, cycling and use of green spaces. Active lifestyles have a key role in halting the year on year rise of childhood obesity.
Bristol Playbus 2009 is a mobile play project that works with children aged 0-15 to support learning through play. Our play ranger team works in public parks, which help to make the areas safe for children to play. Play can help improve community cohesion and children’s social interaction.
In terms of early years work, parents have said that our PEEP sessions have helped them understand their child’s abilities, and has improved their child’s social skills. Over the last financial year we worked with over 3400 individual children and delivered 316 play sessions.
Bristol’s Play Volunteer Programme
Bristol is one of two national pilot schemes looking at developing models of volunteering in support of children playing. Working with partners in the voluntary sector Bristol City Council are recruiting volunteers to work alongside play professionals in parks, neighbourhoods, streets and adventure playgrounds.
We are particularly keen to promote opportunities for young people and intergenerational volunteering in support of play.
We have a wide range of opportunities, so if you would like to volunteer on this programme or you are interested in Play Watch, please contact us.
The Children's Scrapstore provides fantastic play materials for over 150,000 children to enjoy. The best bit is that many of those materials come from business waste!
Clean, safe leftovers from manufacturing and shops are being reused and distributed to over 1300 groups, schools and organisations working with children and young people.
Those bits and bobs that are brought home made of card and string, plastic and cloth are possible because of the work of this charity.
We save groups like these hundreds of pounds each year and are able to provide children with an abundance of stuff for them to use their amazing imaginations on. Visit us here.
Out 2 Play aims to promote outdoor play for children and young people in South Bristol, and offers free open-access play opportunities all year round. In a typical year we work with around 3000 children, through 200 volunteers and 9 parks.
Play Watch is a pilot scheme that aims to recruit young people and adults of all ages to:
- volunteer alongside play rangers or other staff
- play an active part in the development and oversight of a local park or play space
- become local Play Champions who advocate and support play in their community
Involvement may lead to the adults or young people going on to find jobs in the field of children’s services.
We are producing a Play Watch pack that outlines how any local community group, parks group or interested neighbourhood could implement a Play Watch project.
If you are interested in finding out more please contact us or click here for more information.
The Play & Early Years Training Unit (PEYTU) aims to improve outcomes for children & young people through the education and training of a range of occupational groups, an example of this being a pilot Play Awareness training programme developed and delivered to PCSO’s in Bristol. The impact of this was considerable and this is now being delivered to front line public sector employees to improve multi-agency working with young people.
This programme supports the wider children’s workforce priority to secure better outcomes for young people.
Voscur Children and Young People's Network brings together groups working with children and young people to promote greater involvement in strategic partnerships and understanding of local and national strategies. It includes about 300 groups working with children and young people in Bristol.
Elected voluntary and community sector representatives sit on strategic partnerships and also provide communication channels to influence change in children and young people's services. A monthly e-bulletin is used to communicate with all members.