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Project information

Communities Playing for Positive Progress

Harnessing the power of Play to break down barriers and build community cohesion. Creating positive connections and nurturing them through the shared cross-cultural qualities of Play.

Communities Playing for Positive Progress will be an annual ongoing project

Charity information: Universal Board Games

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  • Need


    Social Isolation is rising in the UK people of all ages are becoming more isolated through circumstance; relationship breakdown, redundancy, lone child families and many more.


    Providing inviting safe spaces for people to meet and connect by doing a positive creative activity which has the potential for lifelong learning.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce social isolation through the use of organised play.


    » Organise and facilitate public game playing events to promote our aims and recruit community players.
    » Work with local businesses and authorites to identify safe hubs for Play.
    » Create a social networking site to promote our aims and recruit community players.

    What success will look like

    Increased engagement of community players from all the different intergenerational groups. Also feedback from the organisations involved in the project.

    Aim 2

    To increase intergenerational Play


    » Work with schools, young peoples services to play games from around the world.
    » Work with older peoples groups and organisations to play traditional games from around the world.
    » Facilitate joined up workshops with older and younger groups to encourage intergenerational play.

    What success will look like

    Numbers of local organisations wanting to be involved in the communities play project will be an indicator of our success.

    Aim 3

    To increase self esteem and confidence by sharing global games.


    » Invite people from the UK's diverse communities to share their favourite games at events.
    » catalogue the games from around the world to be played by communities in future generations.

    What success will look like

    A growing catalogue of diverse games from communities from around the world.

  • Impact


    Increased community participation demonstrated through membership of our project but also of the partners organisations.


    One risk could be retaining community players within the project to develop a community of like minded people. We have dealt with this by creating social networking links to nudge players to keep connected, also we will use very public spaces, cafes, libraries to host game playing so interested people will always be reminded of the opportunity for positive interaction in their community.


    Donors will be able to follow the progress of the project through the social networking site with regular updates from projects and feedback from community players. Donors will also have access to the growing collection of traditional games from around the world.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £55,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Public events 4 big events in public spaces
      £9,000 Public hubs facilitating 30 game playing workshops in public spaces
      £6,000 Outreach events facilitaing 20 game events in young peopes and older peoples groups also joined workshops.
      £5,000 Social Networking creating and managing the social networksite to connect players.
      £5,000 Web catalogue create and manage web site to publish global games from workshops
      £10,000 Admin costs to cover admin a,marketing and safeguarding activities.
  • Background


    Across London communities


    Communities in hackney, Islington and Tower hamlets

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    In 2012 UBG have delivered intergenerational game playing events in public spaces, on estates and in parks across Hackney. The events have brought together people of all ages from all sections of Hackney's diverse communities, reduced street drinking and created an environment where the local people feel safer and more confident to get involved.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Vicky Whyte

    Project facilitator and games expert

Hamstead Heritage Festival 2013

Hamstead Heritage Festival 2013


Will fund an afternoons public games/play session

please more events like this, wonderful day

Mother and daughter