OPA Play & Activity Days (South & Vale) 2024

by Oxfordshire Play Association in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Total raised £3,876

raised so far



Each year OPA organises a series of Play and Activity days at multiple venues across Oxfordshire in line with the ethos of National Playday

by Oxfordshire Play Association in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Any additional funds raised will go towards making the events bigger with more activities for the Families, Children & Young People   

Each year OPA organises a series of Play and Activity days at multiple venues across Oxfordshire in line with the ethos of National Playday, the celebration of the Childs Right to Play, (www.playday.org.uk)

From 2012 to 2023 inclusive we have delivered over 140 events across Oxfordshire which have been attended by over 150,000 ‘guests’

The key selling point of our project is that all of our events offer both FREE Entrance and FREE Activities to ensure an Inclusion for ALL.

In 2024 we would like to deliver events in Abingdon, Faringdon and Didcot

These events were already becoming increasingly important with the savage cuts previously imposed on Children and Families services in Oxfordshire (including the closure of local Children’s Centres and Youth Services) during Austerity in terms of providing activities and information on services available to local families. 

These needs were further exacerbated by the issues caused by Covid-19.

In addition to all this Children, Young People and their Families now face an unprecedented Cost of Living Crisis. 

It is of no surprise to anyone then that we are now seeing unprecedented increases in children’s mental health problems and loneliness, alongside reduced physical activity.

Our project has the following key, aims and objectives;

 For Children & Young People

 1) Promote Positive Behaviours & Activities (reduce anti-social behaviour)

2) Promote Increased Levels of Physical Activity

3) Promote a Healthy Lifestyle (healthy choices)

4) Promote Healthy Weight Management (obesity reduction)

5) Provide information on services and activities to promote a sense of Wellbeing and Inclusion

 For Parents / Carers

 1) Provide an Event offering both FREE Entrance & FREE Activities to Ensure an Inclusion for ALL

2) Demonstrate how Play can be achieved on a Zero / Minimal Budget using Natural & Recycled materials

3) Provide information on services and activities available in the local and wider area

 For Communities

 1) Encourage a greater sense of belonging to promote Active & Engaged Communities (Love where you Live)

2) Promote local clubs, groups and societies 

3) Involve local groups, communities and Children & Young People in the planning and delivery of each event



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