Porridge & Play Maryhill

Welcome to the Porridge & Play Maryhill Page! (formerly Ruchill)

Porridge & Play Maryhill is an intergenerational Storyplay project for families with 3-12 year olds in the Maryhill area of north Glasgow. Sessions first started in Ruchill at Ruchill Community Centre, Ruchill Pavilion, Maryhill Parish Church and Community Central Hall. Following the closure of Ruchill Community Centre we moved to Maryhill where we ran sessions at Woodside Library.

The Porridge & Play hub was set up in 2017 as part of our project Big Porridge & Play Glasgow, which is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

With the help of our partners, Storyplay Champions and our friends in Ruchill & Maryhill, we meet for inclusive imaginary Storyplay sessions, filled with games, rhymes, songs, imaginary play and food!

What previous participants say

‘It just feels like a big family having breakfast. This is a magical project!’

Mum, 2017

‘Everyone is so welcoming. Mollie said it is good fun.’

Mum, 2019

‘They’re like your best friends’

Child, 2019

The 2022 Film

By Helen McCrorie

Upcoming Porridge & Play Maryhill sessions:

Our next block of Porridge & Play will take place at Oakgrove Primary School for 4 weeks on Tuesdays from 4-6.15pm

The block will start on Tuesday 30th April and end on Tuesday 21st May.

Spaces are limited so you need to sign up before!

How do I sign up?

  • Send Emma our CFN Producer an email or a WhatsApp/phone/text message with the following details: 1) your name 2) your children’s names 3) your children’s DOB 4) your current address and 5) the hub you are signing up for.

email: cfn@licketyspit.com

phone/WhatsApp:07413800342

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Porridge & Play Maryhill/Ruchill Blog!

Porridge & Play Week 2 at Oakgrove Primary!

May 10th, 2024|Comments Off on Porridge & Play Week 2 at Oakgrove Primary!

Find out what the Maryhill Group got up to during our Porridge & Play Session at Oakgrove Primary! Tuesday 7th May 2024 Love letters, Sandwich Island and a big [...]

Porridge & Play Week 1 at Oakgrove Primary!

May 2nd, 2024|Comments Off on Porridge & Play Week 1 at Oakgrove Primary!

Find out what the Maryhill Group got up to during our Porridge & Play Session at Oakgrove Primary! Tuesday 30th April 2024 Flying balloons, witchy parades and underwater adventures! [...]

Bubble Bubble, Toil & Trouble

October 31st, 2023|Comments Off on Bubble Bubble, Toil & Trouble

Find out what the Maryhill Group got up to during our SPOOKTAKULAR final session at Woodside Library!  Tuesday 31st October Well!  What a  spooktastic Halloween party we had at Porridge [...]

Porridge & Play Bookplay at Woodside Library!

October 23rd, 2023|Comments Off on Porridge & Play Bookplay at Woodside Library!

Find out what the Maryhill Group got up to during our BOOKPLAY session at Woodside Library!  Tuesday 24th October 2023 Let the Wild Rumpus begin! The Maryhill Families had a [...]

Tree monsters and Grannies!!

October 17th, 2023|Comments Off on Tree monsters and Grannies!!

Find out what the Maryhill Group got up to during week 3 at Woodside Library!  Tuesday 17th October This week we met some amazing Funky Chicken pals of all shapes [...]

Mucky brews and book reviews!

October 16th, 2023|Comments Off on Mucky brews and book reviews!

Back again at Woodside Library for Porridge & Play!  Friday 13th October What a great time we had with our Maryhill pals last Friday at Woodside Library! This [...]

Week 1 Porridge & Play at Woodside Library!

October 9th, 2023|Comments Off on Week 1 Porridge & Play at Woodside Library!

Find out what the Maryhill Group got up to during our first session at Woodside Library!  Munching on Chocolate Croissants in the sky! We had a very exciting first session [...]

Tomato Pie in a Californian Garden

April 3rd, 2023|Comments Off on Tomato Pie in a Californian Garden

Porridge & Play Maryhill is a Licketyspit Storyplay project for families with 3-8 year olds in the area. Find all of Porridge & Play Maryhill & Ruchill's adventures here! Blog post written by Sarah! [...]

New film demonstrates the power of Porridge & Play

March 27th, 2023|Comments Off on New film demonstrates the power of Porridge & Play

Monday 27th March Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund, Licketyspit’s Porridge & Play sessions will be back in 6 Glasgow communities and online for 2023/24. Now in its 7th year, Big [...]

A Rollicking time in Ruchill!!

November 24th, 2022|Comments Off on A Rollicking time in Ruchill!!

Saturday 19th November 2022 We had an amazing time at our Porridge & Play Ruchill & Online celebration! It was so lovely to see all our families together in one big space and wonderful to join [...]

A Feast For A Funky Chicken

November 8th, 2022|Comments Off on A Feast For A Funky Chicken

Saturday 5th November 2022 We had a wonderful time exploring different lands and baking a marvellous cake this week! Interestingly, apart from meeting the usual Funky Chicken, we also met a Dancing Dog, [...]

Fantastical Forest Creatures

November 3rd, 2022|Comments Off on Fantastical Forest Creatures

Saturday 29th October 2022 Today at Ruchill we found ourselves deep in the forest and met some quite fantastical creatures including a rainbow coloured bat who lived in a tree. Snakey AJ who showed [...]

Stylish Ruchill Grannies

October 25th, 2022|Comments Off on Stylish Ruchill Grannies

Saturday 22nd October 2022 Well! It was a wonderful sight this week to see all the fabulous Ruchill Grannies dressed up so stylishly! We met Granny Osman who drank coffee for his tea, [...]

A Witchy Week 1 in Ruchill

October 19th, 2022|Comments Off on A Witchy Week 1 in Ruchill

Saturday 15th October 2022 Well! What a super spooky Witchtastic session we had today at Porridge and Play with Licketyspit. After warming up our bodies and minds with a big old boogie and [...]

Porridge & Play Ruchill is back!

July 29th, 2022|Comments Off on Porridge & Play Ruchill is back!

Friday 29th July Drumroll please!! We are excited to announce that Porridge & Play will be BACK in Ruchill for autumn 2022! Sessions will run on Saturday afternoons at the Pavilion, in [...]

Ruchill & Milton Online Sessions

August 17th, 2020|Comments Off on Ruchill & Milton Online Sessions

JOIN 17th August 2020 Big Porridge & Play Online community sessions are starting next month for families in Ruchill & Milton! These sessions are delivered via Zoom for families with 3-12 year olds. [...]

Big Porridge & Play is Going Online!

April 28th, 2020|Comments Off on Big Porridge & Play is Going Online!

Licketyspit Press Release 28/04/2020 We may all be at home, but in our imaginations we can go anywhere, be anyone, do anything. All we need to play is each other! Scotland’s pioneering intergenerational imaginary play [...]

Big Porridge & Play is BACK!

March 9th, 2020|Comments Off on Big Porridge & Play is BACK!

We are thrilled to announce that Big Porridge & Play Glasgow is BACK for another 3 years! We're very grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for continuing to support this innovate project and [...]

Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 7

June 26th, 2019|Comments Off on Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 7

15th June 2019 The final session in Ruchill was the last Big Porridge and Play 2019 and we were really moved and delighted to have so many people join us to send the project [...]

Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 6

June 19th, 2019|Comments Off on Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 6

8th June 2019 We had a really fab sixth session at the Ruchill Community Centre. You could really see how everyone has got to know each other over the last six weeks, with the [...]

Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 4

June 11th, 2019|Comments Off on Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 4

18th May 2019 We are missing next week’s session not taking place because of the Bank Holiday so we wanted to make sure we had an excellent session of Porridge & Play today - [...]

Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 5

June 7th, 2019|Comments Off on Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 5

1st June 2019 We had a really wonderful Picnic & Play on The Tall Ship with the Ruchill Porridge & Play group last week. Ruby met some of the group to get the bus [...]

Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 3

May 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 3

11th May 2019 Our 3rd BIG Porridge & Play Glasgow session in Ruchill was a really great one! We played some great games, sang new songs and ate delicious lentil and carrot soup. You [...]

Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 2

May 8th, 2019|Comments Off on Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 2

4th May 2019 Our second Big Porridge & Play session at Ruchill saw us travel around the world, meet a shy sheep and got us to know some old Scots words for the different [...]

Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 1

May 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 1

27th April 2019 Our first Big Porridge & Play session at Ruchill was wonderful - with a really buzzing atmosphere! We had a group of over 50 participants made up of current Children & [...]

Big Porridge & Play Glasgow Year 3 has launched!

May 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on Big Porridge & Play Glasgow Year 3 has launched!

3rd May 2019 BIG Porridge & Play Glasgow Year 3 has launched! We were delighted to welcome over 40 families to Big Porridge & Play in the Gorbals, Whiteinch and Ruchill for the start [...]

Big Porridge & Play Glasgow is Back!

April 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Big Porridge & Play Glasgow is Back!

12th April 2019 BIG Porridge & Play is back for the third year from late April in Ruchill, Whiteinch and the Gorbals. BIG Porridge & Play Glasgow is a 7-week block of Licketyspit Playcard [...]

Thank you to our funder

The National Lottery Community Fund