£15 million boost for play

A £15 million partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and the Children’s Play Council will boost play amongst children in order to improve their happiness and healthy development.

The Children’s Play Council, which is part of the National Children’s Bureau, has been awarded the grant to deliver the Play England Project which is a five-year development to help local agencies to plan for play across their area.

CPC has identified the need to develop strategies to encourage play in order to help child development, improve health and social inclusion as well as promote community safety.

Adrian Voce, director of the CPC, said: “This investment should help transform play opportunities across the country, to the benefit of children and the communities in which they live.”

The Big Lottery Fund has already announced allocations totalling £124 million for local authorities in England under the Children’s play programme.

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