A Storyplay revolution…
In August, we received news of funding by the Glasgow Communities Fund to support our ambition for a “Storyplay Revolution!”. It felt significant to see this phrase on the funding confirmation; it’s an innovative and radical project, and to see this language reflected through the funders’ eyes is extremely satisfying.
We’re excited to get on and deliver a project which we believe will be of enormous, real benefit to children across Glasgow – helping to unlock both children’s and adults’ innate creativity and limitless imaginations through a shared love of imaginary play rooted in children’s human rights, that everyone can enjoy.
The Storyplay City funding will enable us to continue to deliver weekly online sessions throughout next year, in between our TNL Community Fund sessions, as well as – we hope – running some Picnic & Play live sessions across the city, where families in the CFN will have a chance to meet up, share food, stories and more imaginary play adventures. We’ll also be able to give Lickety Playcards and Reflective Drawing packs to more children and hopefully run some CFN trips to Glasgow’s most exciting arts and culture venues. This funding supports specific work in our Big Porridge & Play communities – Ruchill, Maryhill, Whiteinch, the Gorbals, Milton, Easterhouse and Govan, as well as sessions for families who’ve joined our Children & Families Network from other parts of Glasgow, such as Cardonald, Shettleston and Kings Park.
The scope for our in-person imaginary play sessions next year is of course dependent on how things evolve with the pandemic but that’s why stories and imagination are more important than ever! Other activities we have in mind include creating audio-stories and videos with children, out of the amazing Magic Ball adventures we go on in our online sessions, and a “send-a-story” postcard campaign. Our recent Over to You campaign collated the wealth of creativity we saw from our participants over lockdown – from recipes to poems, craft projects and drawings – and we look forward to building on this further within the Storyplay City project.