Arts Playscheme

 
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We have run the only free holiday activities for children on the Locksley Estate, Tower Hamlets, since 2009. Through a variety of innovative ideas we create space for children to children to be inspired and inspire each other, to make, paint, draw, act, sculpt, grow, decorate, play, recycle and learn together.

 

Watch the video above to see our community superheroes in action

 
 

Our themed weeks immerse both children and staff in a joint creative mission. “Community Superheroes” invited local children to develop their own superhero characters to tackle local issues and change their local area. They designed and made their own costumes, and together created a huge cityscape backdrop, documenting themselves as superheros in action. With costumes on and equipment ready, our superheroes in training set about undertaking a challenge of completing 50 acts of kindness in their community. They cleared rubbish from the local area, helped their parents, and planted flowers. They limbered up for this hard work with superhero yoga, helped their parents and decorated each other with encouraging messages, before taking hand-made gifts to real-life community superheroes – the Bethnal Green Fire Brigade, to say thank you.

A community superhero in training with the Bethnal Green Fire Brigade

A community superhero in training with the Bethnal Green Fire Brigade

The summer holidays are extremely long, as a grandparent, my grandchild stays with me during my daughters working hours. My daughter is a single parent, a lot of single parents attend this scheme and money is very tight. The years of the playscheme has been a godsend, its is an excellent charity.
— Playscheme attendee guardian

Have a look at what else we’ve been up to

 
My children now have new friends in the area and have started to play outside on the estate. They have learnt to interact with children from all different cultures and backgrounds that they would not have met before.
— Playscheme attendee guardian