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