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Blog 21

23 Jun

Thoughtful reflections on a very real, frightening and tragic issue, from an organisation working on the play movement’s front line.

Islington Play CEO

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I am thinking about Play, about violence, about challenging behaviour and about Play.
As an organisation fully based in Islington, IPA is profoundly affected by the recent tragic murders in our borough of our young people.
I wonder how we can make sense of what is happening and what we can do.

I strongly feel that media stories need to be challenged. I remember being terrified of nuclear war when I was young. I didn’t have a free paper on every bus or the news or twitter on my phone but I knew about it. I used to cry with nightmares sometimes.
Do we know what children are scared of now?

The constant media story of children in Islington is one of violent knife crime, ASBO’s, drug dealers, gangs, high house prices, no jobs, ill health and obesity. The children and young people are all too aware of this…

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I want to play – TV documentary

5 May

The Journo reports

Stonebridge Adventure Playground is home to 120 people on a daily average. The Brent Council closed it on the 1st April 2015, because of lack of funds.
Parents and children are deeply affected with this decision. 

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