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Neighbourhood Play Sufficiency Package

Monday February 19, 2024

Designed specifically for professionals wanting to engage with communities at neighbourhood level. This mentor-led Neighbourhood Play Sufficiency package includes all the resources and support needed to ensure robust assessment, community engagement and the co-construction of neighbourhood masterplans for play and sociability, leaving organisations with the skills and resources they need to apply the same processes in other neighbourhoods.

Our Neighbourhood Play Sufficiency Package is aimed at local government and community-based organisations seeking to involve children and adult residents in planning for play at a neighbourhood level. If, after reading the information below, you would like to know more or are interested in commissioning this Neighbourhood Play Sufficiency package, please contact

Neighbourhood play sufficiency for active and healthy places

Children’s ability to support their health and well-being is dependent on the ease by which they can meet up with friends and play out in their local neighbourhoods. However, the value of children’s play is often overlooked or misunderstood, and rarely treated as a neighbourhood planning priority, resulting in significant constraints on their opportunities for play. Such constraints limit a community’s sociability, leading to an erosion in community trust and preventing people from accessing assets that support good health; all of which creates more pressure on public services.

Where provision for play is made, it is often by way of individual fixed-equipment playgrounds. These separated spaces tend to serve a narrow range of children and can contribute to children being seen as out of place when playing outside of these spaces. A much more comprehensive response is required, one that looks at children’s play and community sociability from a whole neighbourhood perspective.

Neighbourhood play sufficiency for engaged participative community placemaking

Our Neighbourhood Play Sufficiency Package is a knowledge transfer programme, upskilling organisations and mentoring them to produce localised play sufficiency assessments and associated development plans. This includes conducting hyperlocal research, and generating detailed evidence to inform strategic approaches to play and spatial planning at a neighbourhood level. Involving children and adults in this co-constructed process can form the basis of placemaking, addressing matters of spatial justice and inequalities of access to the public realm.

This is about much more than designated play provision, rather it is concerned with cultivating plans to improve conditions for play, sociability, and active travel across communities. This strategic evidence-based approach ensures efficient and effective targeted use of resources. Furthermore, our mentor-supported knowledge transfer model ensures sustainability, leaving organisations with the skills and resources they need to apply the same processes in other neighbourhoods.

How we do it

We will support your organisation in designing, implementing, analysing and acting upon hyperlocal research with children using a range of creative research methods. This will include co-producing neighbourhood plans with community stakeholders, aimed at improving localised conditions for play and sociability. The process will also involve reviewing your organisational systems for responding to such plans, thereby informing your wider strategies around children and their play.

This will be a participatory, knowledge transfer process working in close partnership with key members of your team to deliver all aspects of the project. Upon completion of this process, your organisation will have the knowledge and experience to repeat this work with other communities in the future. Organisations will benefit from:

  • tried and tested research methods and materials (including all the documentation needed to carry out the research).
  • first-hand experience of doing research with support from experienced researchers.
  • support and guidance to analyse research data, produce neighbourhood plans and write up and present findings.
  • Real-life examples of what works and how to make lasting changes
  • Ongoing advice and support throughout the assessment and action-planning process
  • E-pack of support documents, resources, and session plans

The cost of our Neighbourhood Play Sufficiency Package is £6,500 plus travel expenses and VAT.

If you haven’t got the capacity to carry out this mentor-supported approach, you might like to consider our Play Friendly Neighbourhood Planning offer where Ludicology will carry out the work for you. Our Neighbourhood Play Sufficiency Package has also been used as an evaluation framework for projects seeking to evidence their impact on localised conditions for play and sociability.

Neighbourhood Play Sufficiency Case Study

Talgarth and District Regeneration Group contracted Ludicology to assess neighbourhood play sufficiency across three rural Welsh communities. The aim was to enhance children’s play and community sociability, whilst addressing spatial justice and access inequalities. We took a mixed methods approach to understand community needs, using surveys, creative mapping activities and semi-structured conversations with younger and older children, as well as focus groups with adults.

Our research findings enabled the development of clear recommendations and a design brief for community spatial planning/placemaking. A community planning event then produced a co-constructed concept masterplan for each community. These plans focussed on increasing the number and range of playable spaces, community engagement in developing spaces, networking spaces through safer routes and active travel, and traffic calming measures. These plans were underpinned broadly by a recognition of children as a part of the community and a focus on intergeneration playable spaces that foster better community well-being and children’s play sufficiency.

‘We are delighted with the outcomes so far and the level of community empowerment that has been made possible through the project and the associated activities. Many thanks for your energy, vision, and professionalism 

Councillor William Powell (TDRG)

Publications and resources making the case for Play Sufficiency

Summary_Playing and being well: A review of recent research into children’s play, social policy and practice, with a focus on Wales

Making it Possible to do Play Sufficiency

Children’s Right To Play In Wales: Six Years of Stories and Change since the Implementation of the Welsh Play Sufficiency Duty

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