Project information

The Big Swing

The playground provides play activities for children and young people who live in areas with high levels of social and economic deprivation. The playground gives children the chance to take risks and challenge themselves but with qualified playworkers on hand to supervise.

The project is on going.

Charity information

Eccleshill Adventure Playground

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  • Need


    The playground aims to raise children and young people's self esteem and confidence levels through offering a range of pro-social activities and choices. This then helps to tackle issues of anti-social behavior and low level crime. Many of the children are affected by 'the cycle of deprivation' , the playground aims to tackle this by employing qualified playworkers who offer the children positive affirmation and the chance to create and shape their own environment.


    The playground will run play sessions 4 evenings per week after school and on Saturdays. It will also run play sessions through out the schools holidays. Typical activities will be based on 'old fashioned play' such as den making, camp fire cooking, making go-kart and building tree houses. Children and young people will also be able to participate in a range of others activities of their choosing such as sports and art and craft.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To run play sessions after school and weekends throughout the year.


    » By employing a team of playworkers to work with the children to run the sessions. Planning and carrying out activities in consultation with children.

    On average 50 children and young people will attend each evening session and on a Saturday totaling to 5000 children and young people enjoying play sessions throughout the year.

    Aim 2

    To run play sessions through out each school holiday period.


    » The playwork team will gather materials and resources. A range of trips and other activities will also be provided during holiday periods.

    On average 70 children and young people will attend play sessions during school holidays periods. Sessions will run for 6 hours per day for 5 days per week.

  • Impact


    The project will have a lasting impact on the lives of 3,000 individual children and young people. This will be evidence through case studies on selected children. The project aims to impact on 80% of the local children and young people so that they are happier and their overall development is enhanced. The playground also aims to reduce anti-social behavior in the area caused by children and young people by 50%. The playground will demonstrate this by working closely with the police.


    There is a risk that children will outgrow the project. We have dealt with this by giving children the materials and tools to develop the playground so that it grows and changes according to their needs.
    There is also a risk that other funding sources will not be secure. We have dealt with this by ensuring that funding is supplied from a variety of sources and that qualitative and quantative data is continually evidenced.


    Funders will receive regular feed back and updates on the projects progress through out the year. Correspondence will usually take the form of email. Funders will be invited to visit the project whenever they wish to do so.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £70,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £70,000 staff costs 5 x full time staff
  • Background


    The playground sits on the convergence point of three of Bradford's most deprived areas. Ravenscliffe, Fagley and Thorpe Edge. These areas have
    long associations with poverty, poor living conditions, high unemployment and crime rates. Increase in housing stock being built and increasing traffic has meant that children's outdoor play spaces are decreasing. The playground provides a safe haven where children can come and play with their peers without fearing for their safety.


    Local children and young people will be the main beneficiaries, however families and the local community will benefit as a whole through seeing children engaged in positive activities.
    Local volunteers will be sought with a view to train them in playwork, thus further up-skilling the local work force.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The playground has been running as a successful charity for over 3 years and is recognized regionally and nationally as a model for good practice in the adventure play sector.
    The dedicated team of Playworkers are qualified and experienced and work hard to ensure that all children and young people get a quality play experience.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    The Children And Young People

    The children and young people are heavily involved in all major decisions which affect the playground. The project would not survive without them.

    The Local Community

    The local community play a vital role in ensuring the projects survival. Many local people have volunteered with us over the years and help fund raise