Project information

Play Local: Summertime Fun!

Our big idea is to offer free summer-time activities to 5-13 year olds who live on housing estates near the SLG. We will provide weekly creative play activities at the Shop of Possibilities (our play space on the adjoining estate) and run 3 outdoor arts projects for children from different estates.

July 2015 - September 2015

Charity information

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  • Need


    In 2010, we set up the Shop of Possibilities as an afterschool and weekend play space on Sceaux Gardens estate. It’s now a much-loved resource for children from four local estates. We urgently need to secure new funds so that we can meet the demand from local families for free activities for children close to home. Families on these estates face many problems: isolation, high unemployment, alongside minimal safe spaces to play out and we aim to make a positive difference to their lives.


    Our project will solve the problem by providing a range of quality arts and play activities throughout the summer that takes place directly on their estates, on families' doorsteps . We will work with children of all ages, from 3 to 13, and also provide training and employment for local young people, 16+, to support activities and act as role models. Our approach will be to offer children a safe environment to play and explore, try out new things, make new friends and learn.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Children to have greater confidence to play out close to home in school holidays.


    » Free drop-in creative play activities in the Shop of Possibilities every Saturday.
    » A programme of artist-led play projects for children from four different housing estates comprising outdoor workshops and creative activities.

    Success will be 200 visits by children, involving families from four estates, with them reporting having an enjoyable time and greater confidence to play outside on their estate.

    Aim 2

    Local young people (aged 16+) to gain confidence and ambition through training and employment.


    » Up to 8 young people work as Playwork Assistants, receiving practical training and paid employment to support activities.

    Success will be up to 8 disadvantaged local young residents gaining new skills, confidence, and employment, supporting their career pathways.

  • Impact


    This project builds on the SLG's ongoing work with children on local estates and, subject to funding, will continue after the summer. Long term, Play Local helps children develop friends, gain confidence and prevents conflicts based on which estate they live on. Young people who are unemployed gain ambition and pride in their achievements. We will evaluate Play Local qualitatively and quantitively, eg recording numbers, interviews, staff observation, feedback forms and focus groups.


    The key risk is not securing funding to provide these much-needed activities during the summer and the Summer Give is therefore crucial. There are risks of low participation levels because we are working with groups who are at risk of exclusion. However, the Shop of Possibilities is situated in the middle of an estate and children who regularly use it feel ownership which helps us to sustain a high level of participation. We also have strong links with tenants groups and other networks.


    All donors will receive a thank you letter. They will receive regular updates about Play Local including links to the Shop of Possibilites Blog. Donors will be invited to visit the Shop. Based on the level of donation, they will be acknowledged as a supporter on the gallery's donor board & website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,280 Salaries Project staff including Project Manager, Project Coordinator and Playwork Assistants (young people)
      £1,500 Artist Fees Fees for three artists to deliver three summer play projects
      £1,300 Rent and Utilities Shop of Possibilities rental costs and utility bills
      £1,000 Materials Materials for the 8 weekly workshops at the Shop and the 3 outdoor artist-led projects
      £920 Marketing, photography, overh Producing flyers to promote activities, photography of sessions, overheads
  • Background


    Our project takes place on four dense and deprived housing estates within 1-mile of the SLG, in Peckham and Camberwell, South-East London, an area which experiences higher than average levels of economic and social exclusion. The four estates are: Pelican, Southampton Way, Sceaux Gardens and Elmington. Many children here lack access to safe outdoor play without private gardens and no nearby parks. There are safety fears as a local youth was sentenced for murder of another youth in 2013.


    Children aged 5 to 13 from 4 local housing estates in Camberwell and Peckham are the main beneficiaries.

    Local under/unemployed young people will benefit from the Playwork Assistant training and employment programme.

    Parents and carers resident on the four estates will benefit from improved networks, being more connected with other parents.

    Residents and tenants' associations from the four estates will benefit from being involved in project consultation and community events.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The SLG has worked on projects with families on neighbouring estates for over 7 years. The gallery literally backs on to Sceaux Gardens, where we have set up the Shop of Possibilities which has proved to be an invaluable resource for local families. This work forms part of the SLG's wider education programme which involves thousands of people annually. We have extensive experience and an excellent track record delivering innovative projects on time, to budget and exceeding targets and outcomes.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lauren Willis, Children & Families' Programme Manager

    Lauren brings 6 years' experience delivering SLG projects with residents from local housing estates and building successful community partnerships.

    Children & Families' Programme Coordinator

    Jack is a trained playworker and artist, he has been working with Lauren to coordinate the project for the past three years.

Outside the Shop of Possibilities

Outside the Shop of Possibilities