In just one generation, the average Australian childhood has shifted from a largely outdoors, active, independent, social, community orientated play; to a mostly indoors, sedentary, technologically immersed, highly structured, fearful and risk adverse play space.
The Neighbourhood Play Network Project is an exploration of this issue to help activate local communities.
Commencing with a Community Forum in Caboolture (occurred in April 2018), expressions of interest were gathered to identify people who would like to participate in a community project to activate their street and with their children, ‘walk their local neighbourhood’ with other local children to learn more how children play outdoors.
A neighbourhood play event is held at a local park to invite local children and their families to participate (July 2018). Local children will walk with a facilitator over several weekend sessions with a celebration event to conclude. The process will be filmed and the project culminates in the creation of a documentary to shine a light on Neighbourhood play and act as a pilot to help other communities also activate play in their area.
For more information contact: [email protected]