Play Strategy Consultation
During October Kirklees Council will be asking for people’s views on play. The views will help them to further develop the plans in their play strategy which was presented to cabinet on 27 June 2017.
The strategy aims to make sure everyone has the opportunity to play outdoors, and encourages wild adventurous play in addition to equipped play – both of which contribute to development.
Why are we asking about play?
Play is a vital part of our everyday lives, not only is it fun, it is also important for our physical health, mental well-being and social interaction.
We want to encourage people to play wherever possible and give you the chance to play in new, exciting and more creative ways.
What is Wild Play?
Wild play is all about encouraging exploration, imagination and discovery through interaction with nature. It combines manufactured equipment with more natural elements of play.
Wild play spaces are designed to stimulate our natural curiosity, imagination, wonder and discovery as well as helping people connect with nature.
Play in natural spaces challenges children to explore their own abilities, and learn about safety and risk taking.
Who can get involved?
We want to know how, why and where people like to play as well as gaining a better understanding of the current and potential play opportunities that exist within Kirklees.
The council wants to hear from everybody who uses play spaces whether they are a child, young person or adult.
Where can I learn more?
Read the draft play strategy
Fill in the online survey about your experiences of play.
You can also attend one of our workshops – please note you are welcome to bring children:
- Thursday 12 Oct – Mirfield Library, 6pm – 8pm
- Monday 16 Oct – Pentland Infant & Nursery School, Dewsbury, 4pm – 5pm and 6pm – 8pm
- Wednesday 18 Oct – Cleckheaton Town Hall, 6pm – 8pm
- Thursday 19 Oct – Bagshaw Museum, Batley, 6pm – 8pm
- Monday 23 Oct – Longwood Mechanics Hall, 6pm – 8pm
- Wednesday 25 Oct – Slaithwaite Civic Hall, 6pm – 8pm
- Thursday 26 Oct – Holmfirth Civic Hall, 6pm-8pm
- Monday 30 Oct – Carlisle Institute, Meltham, 6pm – 8pm
- Wednesday 1 Nov – Skelmanthorpe Council Offices, 6pm – 8pm
- Thursday 2 Nov – All Saints Catholic College, Bradley, 6pm-8pm
- Tuesday 7 Nov – Shelly Village Hall, 6pm-8pm
- Wednesday 8 Nov – Kirkburton Library, 6pm-8pm
- Thursday 9 Nov – Firth Park Pavilion, Heckmondwike, 6-8pm
- Monday 13 Nov – Dewsbury Town Hall, 6pm-8pm
- Thursday 16 Nov – Huddersfield Town Hall, 6pm-8pm
At the workshops there will be an introduction to the draft play strategy and description of the aims focus groups and what we want to achieve in these sessions. Then there will be a chance to ask questions before people attending are split into groups to discuss play areas in each ward area. You can see a bit more about what to expect on the Parks and Green Spaces Facebook page.
The information we gather will be used to influence the overall philosophy and how it is delivered going forward.
The final draft strategy will then be presented to the council’s cabinet before any decisions are made.