Say & Play

I spent much of today sorting out final arrangements with schools in Lambeth for the upcoming Say&Play events that will take place across the area in coming months. The idea of this project is to work with community hubs (in this case, five schools – four primary and one secondary) in order to host a fun day where the whole family can come along and enjoy various free events – the involvement and consultation element is an optional extra.

The first event which is taking place this Saturday is hosted by Immanuel and St Andrew primary school and has a sport relief theme – (here’s hoping for sunshine!)

The way Say&Play works is based around a number of drop in processes running in amongst the refreshments and face-painting that are very low-barrier in terms of avoiding form-filling or reading. Participants can join in on a number of levels – choosing the ways in which they feel most comfortable to engage. We hope that by using this way of consulting that we’ll reach a group of people who wouldn’t normally get engaged with the rigid format of a traditional consultation.

More details available here.

If you’re really interested to learn more about the detail – let me know, and of course watch this space for further updates!




  1. good luck!

    Fun Days are one of the most popular projects that young people organise on our courses (2nd after campaigning).

    Theres a really good group in Bolton called the Wellfield Project who have organised a couple of really good fundays in their area – including one a couple of years ago where they undertook consultations during the day.

    They won a local award for it – details here:

    If you want to contact them you can find their contact details on this page:

    (Christine Partington) – Chris isn’t too web savvy though so if you want her phone number instead let me know

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