‘working together for play…’

In October 2020 PATH Trustees took the hard decision to close PATH. 

Read PATH Closing Statement

Since being set up in 2001 with funding from Barnardos and Children’s Fund PATH supported existing play projects with new grants and created new opportunities led by the need for play in Tower Hamlets age range of 5 – 15 year olds. For 10 years PATH raised funds for those member projects with a focus on inclusion and developed our own community play model, working with communities and landlords to improve spaces for play close to home.

Since 2011 funding for play has decreased and by 2020 PATH’s income meant running an organisation was unsustainable.

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This time a year ago we were playing with iced leaves & new fun mirrors. After a year that’s been hard for everyone, especially children, we are closing PATH. Not due to Covid but to years of reducing income, despite hard work & some successful grants continuing became impossible. Staff & Trustees thought long & hard about options & rather than use remaining funds to limp.toearfs closure we have given grants to projects who will hopefully be able to build on PATH’s legacy. Keep Playing all #playmatters #playbuildschildren #righttoplay #communityplay #playforall See MoreSee Less
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How the world of work has changed, in a year, let alone 20! As part of closing PATH we are distributing useful resources to play projects, info will go to TH history archive & online stuff shared. If any Tower Hamlets projects, students or organisers would like some folders please get in touch & you can safely Covid collect from Whitehorse Adventure in Stepney. See MoreSee Less
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After 19 years of playful projects PATH is closing due to ongoing unsustainable income. Set up to increase play opportunities for all children in Tower Hamlets we wanted to give remaining reserves as grants to member play projects to continue delivering play sessions for children & help through what are hard times for play projects everywhere. The full statement is on PATH’s web site www.playtowerhamlets.org.uk #playmatters #towerhamlets #playbuildschildren #playeveryday #keepplaying #communityplay See MoreSee Less
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Since the last lockdown PATH has given out 50 play bags with mini hand sanitiser. Play areas in LBTH will stay open so children can still play outside close to home. Hands Face Space signage is up on most areas #KeepPlaying #playmatters #playtimetowerhamlets See MoreSee Less
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Sad to go but lack of income made it inevitable, the closure statement is on our web site. A well planned closure enabled us to grant funds to play projects we were set up to support. We hope SCP continues running Glamis for many more years…donate if you can people….

The shadwell community project@ProjectShadwell

@playPATH thank you for everything you have done for us at Glamis we will miss you. Play really is a sector that is very much underfunded and overlooked.

Open Letter for local authorities:
Some LA’s in England have closed playgrounds despite government guidance to keep them open.
Play England and a group of academics, scientists, play experts and charities are calling on them to keep them open https://childrensplaypolicyforum.wordpress.com/playgrounds-open-letter/

A brutal Covid legacy awaits our children. ‘one of the drivers of our education policy has undeniably been freeing up adults for the workplace’ time to ‘consider the possibility of creating some human-shaped workplaces instead of school-shaped children’ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/17/a-brutal-covid-legacy-awaits-our-children-we-need-the-will-and-ambition-to-tackle-it

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