Army of 20,000 Volunteers needed to boost outdoor play

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Army of 20,000 Volunteers needed to boost outdoor play

Post by Guest on Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:04 pm

An army of 20,000 volunteers will be needed for a new initiative to help children play safely outdoors, say campaigners.

They will be asked to help build new playgrounds, staff existing ones, run play schemes and street parties. The government has given £2m to help local groups boost outdoor play in their communities. Campaign group Play England says children should be able to play outside after school or in the holidays.


Too many children are missing out on outdoor play, say campaigners

The group's director Catherine Prisk said: "Playing outside, chalking on the pavement. climbing trees and riding your bike are simple pleasures that many of today's children are missing out on. Play is essential for children's health and happiness now, and for making friends, building key skills for the future and for feeling you are part of a community."

'Never climbed a tree'

The money, from the Big Society Fund, will be divided among 17 local and national organisations dedicated to improving facilities and opportunities for play. The organisations will match fund the government award.

According to Clare Colvine of Play England, part of the National Children's Bureau, volunteers will be asked to help according to their skills.

"For example one person could be asked to help dig a paddling pool but someone with good web skills might be asked to construct an online map of outdoor play facilities in particular area," she said.

A growing body of research has found that today's children do not have the same chances to play outside as their parents.

For example a survey published by Play England last year showed that one third of today's children had never built a den or climbed a tree. One in ten said they had never ridden a bike.

Figures from the same survey, conducted by OnePoll last June, revealed that seven out of 10 families felt that taking their children to an outside space to play was a real treat.

Minister for civil society Nick Hurd said: "this is all part of our drive to create a bigger stronger society where people are empowered to make a difference to their community."

The 17 organisations involved have formed the Free Time Consortium which will not only improve play in their own areas but produce resource and information packs for other groups hoping to follow suit.

The consortium includes groups in Tyneside, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Milton Keynes and Plymouth.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16651141

I totally agree. Children have so many more opportunities now but miss out on the innocent play we experienced when we were young. How much can change in a generation Sad



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Re: Army of 20,000 Volunteers needed to boost outdoor play

Post by Guest on Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:25 pm

What a brilliant idea, just wonder though after funding for those 20,000 enhanced CRBs to be done ( the bureau will never cope with that, its taking more than six months at the moment), funding for a risk assessment to be done on every site, funding for public liability insurance, funding for a health and safety officer to visit every site. will there be any funding left for play equipment etc? These idiots are to dim to realise that the days of climbing trees and getting filthy and coming home in the dark are gone, extinguished in our conditioned to expect to live risk free society.

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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:29 pm

Absolutely no need for volunteers ------That's what parents are for. Take the Kids outside and teach them outdoor activities. Kids enjoy it when they are in the company of their parents, particularly in the great outdoors. Once again we see the usual loony left's policy of " it's somebody else's responsibility to bring up and nurture the kids" ---- Good, caring, R/W parents believe in Parental Responsibility and really get involved with all aspects of their kids development.


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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:31 pm

Nems Again wrote:What a brilliant idea, just wonder though after funding for those 20,000 enhanced CRBs to be done ( the bureau will never cope with that, its taking more than six months at the moment), funding for a risk assessment to be done on every site, funding for public liability insurance, funding for a health and safety officer to visit every site. will there be any funding left for play equipment etc? These idiots are to dim to realise that the days of climbing trees and getting filthy and coming home in the dark are gone, extinguished in our conditioned to expect to live risk free society.

It's very sad isn't it Nems Sad

Can you imagine someone supervising you playing outside when you were a child? It just wouldn't have happened lol!

If only accidents were just that, accidents. There is no such thing anyone, "someone" is always to blame in the current compensation obsessed culture No

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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:53 pm

Feelthelove wrote:

It's very sad isn't it Nems Sad

Can you imagine someone supervising you playing outside when you were a child? It just wouldn't have happened lol!

If only accidents were just that, accidents. There is no such thing anyone, "someone" is always to blame in the current compensation obsessed culture No

Thats is exactly, we were expected to have accidents! We always had scabby knees and elbows and remember the gravel burn on your back when you fell off your bike!? We never had helmets and gloves, our playgrounds were tarmac, can you imagine being allowed to play all day unsupervised where we did, on a beach with the highest tidal fall in the world!?

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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:09 pm

Nems Again wrote:

Thats is exactly, we were expected to have accidents! We always had scabby knees and elbows and remember the gravel burn on your back when you fell off your bike!? We never had helmets and gloves, our playgrounds were tarmac, can you imagine being allowed to play all day unsupervised where we did, on a beach with the highest tidal fall in the world!?

My brother and I used to dam up the local stream, camp outdoors, made a tree house etc, took sandwiches and went off for the day on our bikes, I can see this would not be possible for kids in cities, but surely those in the country are still doing it? Or is it all gamestations etc Sad

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