This short film celebrates play moments and memories from our Play Makers project that worked throughout 2014 to re-imagine the Wisbech Adventure Playground in fantastical ways. The project began in April with a series of workshops for schools and families, run by CCI artists Debbie Hall and Filipa Pereira-Stubbs with Susanne Jasilek. People of all ages were invited to weave stories and dream structures, exploring play, adventure and the outdoors ….all ideas were included (however weird and wonderful). We continued to work alongside the Playteam in the autumn, reaching out to other groups working with families and young people in the community and helping to celebrate all the positive play opportunities the playground offers.
The project idea put forward by Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination and Wisbech Adventure Playground certainly stood out as an innovative approach. This was initially challenging in terms of our assessment and our understanding of how the activities planned would lead to the desired outcomes. After detailed consideration, and perhaps with some reservations, the project was funded. Now 6 months on, as the impact of the work begins to be analysed, we are encouraged by what has been achieved and we are delighted by the way in which the project team has delivered.
Jane Darlington, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation
The intention of the Community Fund was to enable communities to take forward initiatives that they felt would make a positive difference to reducing deliberate fires. This project was not something that we as a Fire Service would ever have thought of undertaking, yet the project has made a big impact in the local community and has reduced anti social behaviour in the area, a clear indication that given the opportunity communities are best placed to understand what will work for them in their area. We are pleased to have supported this initiative and thank all those involved for their hard work.
Rick Hylton, Area Manager, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
The posts below offer further details of many of the creative moments in the project.