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Project information

Playbus Development

To bring back Play and fun to vulnerable members of local communities in Oxfordshire.
This will benefit all members of the community, building scope and confidence in areas of health, communication and social awareness.


Charity information: Oxfordshire Playbus

Oxfordshire Playbus logo
  • Need


    Isolation within rural communities due to poverty, lack of public parks and spaces and inadequate public transport.


    The Playbus is a mobile play space which can come to the children and families who cannot travel to play facilities. It is a free, safe, friendly and nurturing environment where they can overcome some of the difficulties limiting their lives. Sessions are run by dedicated, professional fully-qualified people and the bus provides toys, books advice and regular contact for families with little or no long-term support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To develop existing projects bringing Play and support to families in rural communities


    » Double Decker Playbus adapted for use as a children's centre, toddler group station, after-school setting or meeting place.
    » Mobile Toy Library visiting rural areas on a regular basis.
    » A soft play/sensory vehicle visiting disabled children.

    What success will look like

    Success will be indicated by the numbers of children/families who choose to visit the bus frequently.
    We also have evaluation forms for parents/carers to complete.

  • Impact


    With a safe and friendly place to play and congregate, there will be less incentive in the community for vandalism and unacceptable behaviour, and this will benefit community relations.
    We will maintain close contact with local community leaders and the Police, with regular meetings to assess changes within the community over time.


    There is the risk that our presence might not be welcomed initially by the local community. We will ensure that all local organisations and leaders are informed of our presence and our purposes, and parking arrangements will be made before we hold any sessions inthat area.
    There is also the risk of the project running short of money. To avoid this we have contacted many other fundraisers in an attempt to develop a regular working relationship.


    Donors will be contacted individually and regularly with our Newsletter. This will also appear on our website, where there is a Blog which welcomes feedback.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,600 48 Play Session 48 weekly 1.5 hr Play Sessions
  • Background


    A mobile project covering the whole of Oxfordshire.


    Children and families in areas of social deprivation where public transport and poverty preclude access to a play area.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Playbus is a mobile project, able to come to the rural areas for the children and families.
    We have the experience of the past 30 years providing play and fun and support for children, young people and families.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tym Soper

    Manager Tym oversees the running of the Playbus sessions, communicates with the Play-workers.

    Ann Janes

    Ann is Senior Playworker, working with the children on the bus and reporting to the Manager.

    Michael Rivers

    Michael is a Playworker supporting Ann with the children on the bus and reporting to the Manager.