150 people spent the afternoon at Playspace September 2012 in the place that was once Borders to be inspired & to collectively come together with ideas of how to help Leeds realise its ambitions to be a child friendly city. We were joined by Nigel Richardson Director of Children’s Services Leeds City Council, Cllr Judith Blake, Simon Spain of Art Play, (& the University of Melbourne), Dan Thompson of Revolutionary Arts and Gerald Jennings, Portfolio Director of Land Securities, the developer behind Leeds Trinity Shopping centre & The White Rose
After the very inspiring talks we got into teams, using the framework of Monopoly to investigate what already existed that could be considered playful and child friendly, what opportunities they are to be more playful and each team developed from a host of ideas the ONE big idea that they then pitched to members of the panel which also included Tom Riordan Chief Executive of Leeds City Council. We’re currently crunching through the videos created by James Abbott Donnelly and the fantastic Digital Me to bring you a concise overview of the day…it takes time so hold on!
There were some brilliant ideas, both big and small, and we will be posting these on the blog daily to remind everybody of what came out of our ‘Dream Factory’ In the meantime, we thought you might like to see the individual pledges people made at the end of the event…
• Seek to grow services for young people to access creative workshops & mentoring
• Talking to Trinity about fun experiences with Everything Everywhere and the new EE brand (for the community with the community)
• Ask the kids what they want. Let them make it.
• I will do guerilla outdoor playful events and tweet via wewillgather
• Ask my children what they want!!
• To address lack of child-friendly eating spaces in Leeds, to try and use of an empty shop at the end of my street to craet a ‘PlayPicnic’ where families can bring a rug and a picnic. If I can find some sponsorship/funding for artists to devise play activity for the duration of the lunch.
• Take ideas back to council and see how I and my team and colleagues can help implementation.
• Use wewillgather to put Morley on the map!
• Bring epopel together through tea and cake and make communities better.
• Make contact about doing events in the city centre.
• Find ut what we can do with empty tennis courts at LGI(?) Turn in to play space.
• I’m going to pester everyone and anyone for a beach in Leeds! (AND THEY HAVE ALREADY STARTED PLANNING!)
• Find out what I need to know to organize events in the city centre spaces.
• Set up a child friendly day at restaurant.
• Carry ideas through to transport conversation eg: does transport support access to playful spaces.
• I will get active, become more involved and spread the word of progress!
• Employ the theme of playfulness company wide.
• Make up my own ‘trails’ and games for my own kids to make the city more interesting.
• Moving forward, I will be looking at ways that I can be working creatively in Leeds as an extension of the Together Through Play project, from 2013 onwards….
• Tell people via twitter, FB and word of mouth about this event.
• Start conversations within my organization to see how we could open up the spaces more. Follow up on contacts made and start some more partnerships with The Grand.
• I am going to chase the council so I can put on a community event in Millennium square and find an empty shop to use for Art & the community.
So if you’re plotting, planning, playing then let us know what the event sparked for you? We’re having great conversations to see how we can turn ideas into actions, we need to keep the momentum going, so do talk to us here openly, or by email about what will help you to progress a more playful, child friendly Leeds. We’d love to get our hands on a space to develop the dreams further…in the meantime let’s keep talking and supporting here, twitter and facebook.