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Organised Outdoor Community Play 2022-2023 - Inspiring Scotland

Outdoor Community Play

About the fund

The 2022/23 Outdoor Community Play Fund portfolio will support a range of free outdoor play sessions, with an added focus on supporting parents and facilitating family play.

Funded charities will work with children and their families to encourage them to play and learn together, help to improve attachments, strengthen bonds and parental confidence in supporting their children’s play. Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor play is recognised as being increasingly vital, for parents and children alike.

The fund, delivered by Inspiring Scotland, builds on the previous years’ which supported over 10,000 young people and will take place in community spaces such as streets, parks, nature spaces, playgrounds, and woodlands.

The sessions are unstructured and child-led, enabling children to use their creativity and imagination to develop their own games and ways to have fun. This year’s funding is supporting new as well as more established projects and will expand to provide more support for children with Additional Support Needs.

Children and families in some of the country’s most deprived areas benefit from free outdoor play activities aimed at improving their health and wellbeing.



Funded charities

This round of funding has been increased from £500,000, to £550,000 in 2022/23 to help charities who facilitate outdoor play for children and their families.

Find out more about the Outdoor Community Play 22 23 projects .


Previous rounds

In 2021-22, the fund supported 10,634 children and 4,164 families across Scotland through 25 community-based play charities.  The charities were:

  • 3D Drumchapel
  • Aberdeen Play Forum
  • Belville Community Garden Trust
  • Children 1st
  • Dads Rock
  • Early Years Scotland
  • East Lothian Play Association
  • Family Journeys
  • Jeely Piece Club
  • Kingsway Community Connections
  • Kirkcaldy YMCA
  • North Edinburgh Arts
  • Parent Action for Safe Play
  • Play Scotland
  • Possibilities for Each and Every Kid (PEEK)
  • Project 31 SCIO
  • Renfrew YMCA SCIO
  • Royston Youth Action
  • Smart Play Network
  • St Paul’s Youth Forum
  • Starcatchers Productions Ltd
  • The Concrete Garden
  • The Urban Roots Initiative
  • Under The Trees
  • YMCA Edinburgh SCIO

Play Ranger Toolkit

Outdoor Play has a vital role in supporting better health and well-being for children, aiding in recovery from lockdown and in building resilience.

As we build back from COVID-19, outdoor play can enable children to be more physically active, engage with friends and establish a sense of wellbeing.

Building on many of the same ideas as Thrive Outdoors’ Play Ranger project, it can be run in any community, in almost any setting.

Download our free Play Ranger Toolkit to help you get started.


Download the Play Ranger Toolkit

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