The next Street Talks will hear from those responsible for facilitating, organising and assessing the impact of play streets in Hackney and consider the role of temporary street closures in providing space for play (and more), with presentations from:
- Claudia Draper, Hackney Play Association
- Nick Jackson, Hackney Council
- Tim Gill, Rethinking Childhood
Claudia Draper joined with other parents to successfully campaign for the introduction of Hackney Play Streets in 2012 and is a volunteer organiser in her own street. Claudia now works for Hackney Play Association, a charity that works to improve children and young people’s health, wellbeing and quality of life, through play. She has worked closely with Hackney Council and Playing Out CIC to support residents, schools and other community organisations to activate street play in their areas. There are now 32 streets taking part in Hackney that run regular playing out sessions with Claudia’s support.
Nick Jackson is Play Development Manager for Young Hackney, Hackney Council, which aims to help all of Hackney’s young people to enjoy their youth and become independent and successful adults. Nick commissioned the play street support work that has running for the last year and a half. This has spurred the uptake of play streets in the borough and helped play streets spread to more deprived areas in Hackney.
Tim Gill is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood, and an effective advocate for positive change in children’s everyday lives. For over 15 years his writing, research, consultancy projects and other work has focused on the changing nature of childhood. Tim has advised political parties and think-tanks across the political spectrum. His clients include the National Trust, London Legacy Development Company, Forestry Commission, Mayor of London, Argent plc. and Play England. He is also a Built Environment Expert for Design Council CABE, the UK Government’s design champion for the built environment.