Project information

Evergreen Play Association Ltd

To provide inclusive play opportunities to all children aged 5 - 15 years in a friendly, inclusive, challenging play environment. We encourage children to make their own risk assessments, learn new skills such as British Sign Language and enhance their sporting and craft/art abilities.

Our project is ongoing

Charity information: Evergreen Play Association Ltd

Evergreen Play Association Ltd
  • Need


    We are situated in Dalston, Hackney where gang culture and antisocial behaviour in apparent throughout the area. We hope that by offering somewhere for the children and young people to socialise and spend their leisure time we will help alleviate this problem. Also with the child obesity rate increasing, especially in poorer areas, we aim to provide the children with a knowledge on healthy eating and partaking in more sports activities.


    By opening all year round, after school, Saturdays and during all school holidays. We encourage the children to learn new skills such as British Sign Language, working with tools, arts and crafts, cooking and sports activities. The children and young people are kept off the streets and are encouraged to engage in transitional activities.Our user group are able to build friendships with others who they would not otherwise have met therefore broadening their own social network.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide supervised, challenging play opportunities.


    » Sports activities are on going with table tennis, pool, table football and football sessions and training facilitated on a weekly/ daily basis
    » Within our arts and crafts room we are able to accommodate a wide range of activities from pottery to papier mache.
    » Every week we hold cooking sessions where children have the opportunity to help cook and taste a variety of foods.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...Through monitoring and evaluations throughout the year we are able to assess the success of our aims

    Aim 2

    To provide a social and leisure space which the young people can feel is their own.


    » A soft play room is a favourite with all age groups. It is used for rough and tumble play as well as a soft space for our older users relax.
    » We have a children's committee and "Your Shout" board where all users are encouraged to have their say in activities and general running of the site

    What success will look like

    Success will be...Through feedback from our user group and their families we are able to see assess we are reaching our goals

    Aim 3

    To break down preconceived ideas which surround disability and enable all children to play


    » 1:1 support is given to children to enable them to access all the facilities of the playground
    » Mainstream and disabled users have the opportunity to learn British Sign Language to make a more open and fair society
    » All year round children with varying support needs are given the support they need to access mainstream play

    What success will look like

    Success will be...Through observations and parent/child feedback forms we are able to assess and ascertain that we are breaking down barriers

  • Impact


    Through our inclusion project we see children and young people with a disability reach their full potential through accessing play and leisure activities with their mainstream peers. As many children attend "special" schools this is the only opportunity they have to socialise freely within their community. As our young people get older we point them in the direction of training opportunities and provide a space for those in training to volunteer and learn new skills.


    The major risk to the project is funding. Especially during this current economic climate. We do have a small amount in reserves and have four years remaining on our five year funding from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities grant. We are constantly fund raising to ensure the playground is fully staffed and its up keep is off a high standard.


    To all who fund us we send regular monitoring reports and encourage funders to visit the playground so they can see for themselves what we do and how successful and needed the project is.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £168,213

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      Amount Heading Description
      £119,000 Staffing costs Full time and sessional staff
      £15,213 Premises costs/play materials Overheads, maintenance and all play materials
      £9,500 admin printing/postage/admin
      £9,500 auditors/minibus payroll/accounts/inclusive transport running costs including insurance and maintenance
      £15,000 structure/play equipment Building of new and maintenance of all play strucutres including external health and safety annual c
  • Background


    The project is located in Hackney East London and is open to all Hackney residents as well as anyone from neighbouring boroughs. As we are the only open access mainstream project with a successful inclusion project, we try to accommodate anyone who needs the service.


    All Hackney residents will benefit from the project whether they are parents of children or live in the surrounding area. As we have activities for young people, the local residents benefit by not having young people on the streets causing antisocial behaviour.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been running this project since 1972 for all mainstream activities and since 2002 for inclusion needs. We have been very successful in what we do with an average of 150 children a day attending during school holidays, of which 12-15% are children with a disability. We have been acknowledged in Hackney's Play Strategy as being a model of good inclusive play practice and are known throughout the borough and beyond as being a well run model of adventure play.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Arnold Mahoney

    Arnold is the senior playleader who has worked at the playground for over 20 years and is a valued member of the community.

    Pat Macantsionnaigh

    Pat is the Inclusion Playleader and works closely with support staff, parents and children. She also manages the finances/admin

    Michelle Byrne

    Michelle has worked at the playground for a number of years working 1:1 with children with a disability.

    Jennifer Parris

    Jennifer is the Chairperson on the Management Committee and is very supportive of the project and the staff. Her daughter attended the playground.