As part of a joint project with Playing Out and Knightstone Housing, children from Room 13 Hareclive in Hartcliffe, South Bristol, are calling for safer streets from speeding traffic so they can play out more where they live.
Doing research in Hareclive Primary School, making their own film, speaking out in a residents’ film, marching, hosting an event – children are turning concerns and ideas into action and change.
Room 13’s research shows that some children in Hareclive school never play out and nearly all children want to play out more. If children could go out, they would want to:
“All the things YOU used to do when you were young!”
The biggest thing stopping children from having more freedom is fear of traffic and speeding cars. This has also been identified by police and local residents as a major problem in the area.
Here’s Room 13’s amazing film about the need for safer streets for children – planned, written, acted in and produced by them:
“We’re all in this together. Let’s change things!”
Some residents have been working hard to try and slow traffic on their street. But it’s too big a problem for one street to solve…
Here are the views from residents:
Both films were shown to a packed hall at a special event in St Andrew’s church, Hartcliffe, where the audience really listened to children. We know that starting small leads to change, so here’s what we can do together:
Read about what Kate, Dinah and Jo have done on their streets, working with neighbours and other parents to change things for children. Sign up to their blog to stay in touch with playing out around the country.
Room 13 has its own website is www.room13hareclive.org.uk and the studio can be commissioned to work on projects where they need expertise around children, creativity, children and voice. Because the Room 13 team meets regularly to run their studio space and work on all kinds of projects and ideas, the team is a ready made consultation group on issues to find out more about children's concerns, ideas and suggestions.