Play Your Way

A resident led activity that enables children to play in the street where they live.

Play Your Way aims to:

  • Improve the health and well being of children and families
  • Reduce social isolation for residents that live alone
  • Empower residents to create a more cohesive neighbourhood

Adopting the principles of the national Playing Out organisation, Play Your Way is facilitated by North Somerset Council’s Street Works and Public Health teams.

A MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL PLAYING OUT ORGANISATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS

In terms of planned play street sessions, sadly these should be put on hold for now – at least in their current “free play” format –  as there is realistically little chance of keeping children at a safe 2m distance from each other once they are let loose.

Of course, we all hope that things will start returning to some kind of normal by later in the year, so if you had already starting thinking about play streets and were hoping for sessions later in summer/autumn, you may still be able to apply to the council (getting creative about how to connect with neighbours to plan this in a distanced/virtual way) and see how things are by then. But this may also change any day as things progress and councils may decide to put a temporary hold on processing applications.

 

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Principles of Play Your Way

Play Your Way can be held on agreed dates and times:

  • For up to two hours
  • No more than once a week
  • During out of school hours and during daylight hours

Streets are closed to through traffic, however vehicle access for residents is maintained. The closure must be supervised by designated stewards and resident vehicles that leave or enter the street are escorted by a steward.

There is currently no charge for a street closure under this scheme and approved signage and other resources for eligible streets can be provided.

Parents/carers are responsible for the safety and supervision of children and vulnerable adults in their care at all times during the street closure.

Suitable streets:

  • Cul-de-sacs and no through streets
  • Residential streets serving cul-de-sacs and hamlets

Streets that are unsuitable are those with:

  • A bus route
  • Scheduled road works or emergency works

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Help to organise street play

To express your interest in closing your street for a Play Your Way session make contact via our contacts page.

The national organisation Playing Out provides free resources and advice for residents about enabling street play. As well as instructional videos and a step-by-step ‘manual for organisers’. You can download template posters and other materials or contact them directly for advice. Please visit the https://playingout.net/ for further information.

North Somerset Play Your Way Guidance and the application procedure for closing your street will be added to this site over the coming weeks.