Plymouth School of Creative Arts New Playground

by Friends of PSCA in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 10th June 2019 we successfully raised £10,758 with 124 supporters in 42 days

We want to create an exciting and purposeful playground for our children and community by raising £8,500

by Friends of PSCA in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Our first stretch target will purchase line markings for the phase 2 - 4 children in the large playground. 


Hey! 

We are raising money to completely transform the playground at Plymouth School of Creative Arts! We have noticed a real need for children to be climbing, exploring and taking risks in a safe way. With the money raised, we will be able to create an exciting, purposeful and developmental outside space for our children and community.

Our Progress so far

Stage one of the project was to create a series of engaging activities using line markings on the floor (Completed May 2018) and a purposeful storage solution (Nov 2018)

We are now at a point where stage two is possible - we have already raised £15,051.30 through PTFA fundraising and a grant from the Co-op Community Fund. We now need to raise a further £8,500.

Once we hit our target, any additional money pledged will support the third stage of development which will focus on the larger playground which caters for children in Phases 2, 3 and 4. 

Our Vision

As seen in the new 3D designs, the money raised will allow us to create:

1. A permanent large climbing structure

2. A series of low trail activities

3. A multi-purpose central area

4. An enclosed area for each studio

5. New outdoor resources e.g. sand pit, water trays

The playground is used by up to 210 children aged 3-7 each day but currently does not have a permanent play provision. As well as being used by our children daily, Plymouth School of Creative Arts is also a community hub which is open to many different community groups outside of school hours, 7 days a week. Enhancing this space will greatly improve education, well-being and life chances for our children and the wider community.


How can you help?


Click on the pledge button to donate as much you can!

Please also share our Crowdfund link with friends, family and businesses! 

Why is it important?

There is ample research promoting the importance of physical activity and purposeful playtimes, not only to combat child obesity (HM Government, 2016), but it is also found that play activities are linked with a range of improvements in academic skills, attitudes and behaviour (Gill, 2014). Development of these skills and behaviours have long-reaching effects on students future attainment and achievement and their contribution to society and future employment. Sadly, research also demonstrates that children are now spending less time in outdoor environments (HM Government 2014).

This project will allow children to have regular access to activities which offer them a chance to learn, explore and grow in a safe environment not only during the school day but outside of school hours with their parents. The playground space is available for use immediately after school for approx 45mins before its use switches to our after-school club which enables parents in the community to continue their careers. 

Who are we? 

We are the Parents, Teachers, and Friends Association (PTFA) of Plymouth School of Creative Arts which is a 3-16 mainstream, city centre, all-through school in Millbay, Plymouth. We are a registered charity who works collaboratively developing effective relationships between the staff, parents and the community associated with the school, engaging in activities or providing facilities or equipment which support the school and advance the education of the pupils. 

Ofsted visited our school in January 2019 and based on their inspection report, have placed us into the ‘special measures’ category. The Early Years section of the school also received ‘requires improvement’. The report specifically mentions the outdoor space as a priority for development. 

Our Community

The area of Millbay has seen considerable regeneration over the last 5 years very much lead by the building of the school in the area which now serves as a central community hub for families and the local community. The school is open to many different community groups outside of school hours, 7 days a week, including Plymouth Performing Arts Academy, Plymouth Art Weekender, Spanish classes, Fit and Fed, Exim dance, Plymouth Dance, Christ Redeemer Church and the headquarters for the LGBT Pride in Plymouth group. All of whom will benefit from the improved outside space. We are also in talks with Grow Stonehouse, where there is potential to offer a Saturday morning gardening club.

The playground is highly visible from outside the school grounds and is surrounded by both residential properties and businesses. Improving the aesthetics of the playground will assist the regeneration of the area, improving the visual aspect and feel for local residents, giving both the children and community a sense of ownership and pride.


Our Local Area 

Our school is based in Millbay and Stonehouse, an area ranked number 2 of 39, where 1 is the most deprived neighbourhood in the city (Plymouth City Council, 2016). This area is in the top 20 areas of social deprivation in the UK. The area has a higher rate of deprivation than the Plymouth average in relation to all areas of deprivation, such as crime and disorder, education and skills, and employability. Rates of antisocial behaviour is nearly 3 x higher than the Plymouth City average (Plymouth City Council 2016). 

The Millbay and Stonehouse Action plan 2006-2021 objectives include improvements to local services such as educational, health, community facilities, open space and recreation (Plymouth City Council, 2006).  


Playground April 2019. 

Below: What the playground will look like by Summer 2019 when our Crowdfund target is reached!

Below: Playground April 2019. 

Below: What the playground will look like by Summer 2019 when our Crowdfund target is reached!

References:

Gill, T., (2014) The Play Return: A review of the wider impact of play initiatives.

Children’s Play Policy Forum. 

HM Government., (2014) Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/monitor-of-engagement-with-the-natural-environment-survey-purpose-and-results 

HM Government., (2016) Childhood Obesity: a plan for action. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/546588/Childhood_obesity_2016__2__acc.pdf

Plymouth City Council., (2006) Local Development Plan: Millbay and Stonehouse area action plan 2006 - 2021. Online https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/sites/default/files/MillbayAapAdoptedChapters1To3.pdf

Plymouth City Council., (2016) Area Profile: Stonehouse Neighbourhood (https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Stonehouse%20Profile.pdf)

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Thank you in the school newsletter and an invitation to our grand opening event.

£5 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£5 Endsleigh Garden Center Voucher

A £5 gift voucher to be used at Endsleigh Garden Centre!

£10 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£10 Voucher for Eva's World

Vouchers to be used in store or online code will be provided. 6 month time limit.

£10 or more

£10 Pledge

Thank you in the school newsletter and a free hot drink at the grand opening event.

£15 or more

2 of 30 claimed

Adult Basic Life Support Workshop

Learn how to recognise and respond to a collapsed adult perform chest compressions, mouth to mouth and Automated External Defibrillation, delivered by Registered Critical Care Nurse and Adult Nurse Lecturer Hannah Ames The workshop will run at Plymouth School of Creative Arts on the Saturday 29th of June in an hour and a half sessions starting at 9.30am 11.00am,12.30pm timing allocations will be emailed after completion of crowdfunder.

£20 or more

£20 Pledge

Thank you in the school newsletter and a free hot drink at the grand opening event and PSCA window sticker.

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Beginner Sewing Lesson

Beginners sewing lesson with Tif Dickson. Date to be arranged with Tif to suit need. https://madametifaine.com/sewing-lessons/make-friends-with-your-sewing-machine/?frame-nonce=969b2e193a

£20 or more

3 of 5 claimed

3d Helmet and Mask Making

3D Helmet and mask making from jigsaw matts with Kev Billing. One pledge includes one adult and one child. All children must supervised by an adult. All materials supplied. 6th July 10-1 pm at PSCA in the small atrium

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£20 Voucher for the Lord High Admiral

Voucher for the Lord High Admiral Pub in Plymouth can be used on food or drink valid until Feb 2020 https://www.facebook.com/thelhaplymouth/

£25 or more

5 of 6 claimed

PTFA Time bank - Studio Support for 1 hour

Members from the PTFA will donate an hour of their time supporting children in phase one studios with reading, gardening, and cooking.

£30 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Nuffield Health 3 day Guest Pass

A 3 day guest pass to access Nuffield Health Devonshire (Near Derriford Hospital/Marjon). Indoor and outdoor swimming pool, steam and sauna, jacuzzi. Indoor and outdoor tennis courts, squash and badminton, fitness classes. Has to be used for 3 consecutive days. Usual price is £15 per visit for non members.

£30 or more

2 of 4 claimed

1:1 Personal Training

1:1 personal training sessions with Jakki Floyd (over 18 years experience), this will include one gym or outdoor session, a short consultation, 3 day food diary feedback and a written session to keep.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Family Ticket for Wizard of Oz

Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children) on Sat 13th July to Plymouth Performing Arts Academy Wizard of Oz

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

VIP at Buzz Bingo for 4!

A great night out at Buzz Bingo for 4 people. Each person will receive: 1 x drink 1 x main meal £5 cash match on slots Bingo on electronic tickets for the evening from first chance (6.45pm) onwards. Will include optional extras (Paper alternative will be available but for considerably less tickets)

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£40 Family ticket to Reach Wrestling

Family ticket for 4 people to any Reach Wrestling event at Plymouth School of Creative Arts

£50 or more

£50 Pledge

Thank you in the school newsletter and a free hot drink at the grand opening event, PSCA window sticker and a personalised thank you video from the Phase 1 children.

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£50 Be Your Own Boss

Ever thought about running your own business? Want some independence? Get free business advice from a qualified business start-up expert. We'll cover how to set up a business, marketing, funding and finance and create a basic business plan. With Gareth Hart. Date to be arranged with Gareth

£50 or more

4 of 10 claimed

£50 Bread Making Workshop with Andy Nunn

Bread making workshop with Andy Nunn. Saturday 29th June 10-1pm. To spend the day baking various bread, recipes to be supplied. Learning about different types of sourdough, including a sourdough starter to take home. Making own dough and proving it whilst using a dough that has already had 1st prove. Shaping and 2nd proving and baking. Using own doughs (that were proving) to make focaccia-pizza, ciabatta, plaits etc. Free tea and coffee.

£60 or more

4 of 4 claimed

3 Month Gym Membership at Crowne Plymouth

3 month gym membership at the Crowne Plaza Plymouth, normal price £150, only open to new members, this includes gym, exercise classes, heated pool, sauna, steam room and membership card which includes 25% off food and drink in hotel lobby bar and free induction and program. Valid for 3 months from the day of activation and completion of paperwork must be used before Decemeber

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£60 Internal Patch Plastering

1 x small internal plastering job maximum area 3x3meters walls only from John Floyd normal price £90. Delivery time the end of October

£60 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£60 3 month Gym Membership to Crowne Plaza

3 month gym membership at the Crowne Plaza Plymouth, normal price £150, only open to new members, this includes gym, exercise classes, heated pool, sauna, steam room and membership card which includes 25% off food and drink in hotel lobby bar and free induction and program. Valid for 3 months from the day of activation and completion of paperwork must be used before Decemeber

£80 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Financial Health / Mortgage Advice

Financial health check and mortgage advice in your own home (Plymouth area only) from a qualified and experienced mortgage and protection advisor Ben Wright.

£100 or more

Music Workshop with Crooked Tempo Samba Band!

A samba band workshop - To be hosted at your workplace, or we can host this at school (Timetable dependent) Min 10, max 30 people - the more the merrier! 2 hour time slot needed - time to set up, learn about Samba and the various instruments used in the band, 1 hour practise/ playing time. We're a community samba band. We play funky Brazilian carnival rhythms and love to perform all year round throughout the South West of England!

£100 or more

3 of 5 claimed

A term of Music Lessons!

A full term of music lessons on an instrument of your choice with Allison Cooper 1 x 30 min lesson per week, for one school term, any age including adult. To be booked via acooper@schoolofcreativearts.co.uk https://plymouthschoolofcreativearts.co.uk/music-tuition/

£100 or more

£100 Pledge

Thank you in the school newsletter and a free hot drink at the grand opening event and PSCA window sticker and personalised letter of thanks from a phase 1 child.

£100 or more

0 of 2 claimed

1:1 Mountain Bike Coaching

One Day (10am-3pm) of 1:1 mountain bike coaching with Chris Jones (some riding experience required, can be adult or child coaching).

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1 month Fitness Bootcamp for 2 people (+ Extras)

One full month of fitness bootcamp sessions for two people. Monday/Wednesday/Friday 6.30-7.30pm, at Saltram House. Also get: - 1 x 3-Day H3 powerpack - 2 x 1:1 consultations - 20 habit hack secrets - 30% discount on 6 non-toxic health brands - access to discounts across wholesale, hire cars, cruises, activities, weekly breaks and flights From GTFitness (Gareth Tichopad)

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

FEVER AND BOUTIQUE PLATINUM PACKAGE

VIP night out with 8 friends at Fever and Boutique Plymouth VIP Entry & Queue jump for up to 8 people & private booth 1 x Bottle of Grey Goose, Ciroc or Belvedere 1 x Bottle of Smirnoff, Gordons Gin, Morgan Spiced, Malibu, Archers or JD 2 x Bottles of Prosecco Unlimited mixers Cloakroom https://www.feverplymouth.com/

£200 or more

£200 Pledge

Thank you in the school newsletter and a free hot drink at the grand opening event and PSCA window sticker and personalised letter of thanks from a phase 1 child and your name on our wall of thanks.

£360 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Jenny South Photography - Sunbeam Sessions

1 hour studio or outdoor session (Outdoor Sessions available March – November). Flexible rescheduling based on weather. Pre-session consultation with photographer. Photo premier appointment. 10 high resolution, fully edited photos on a crystal USB and presentation box. Ten 6″ x 8″ photo prints of your chosen digital images. *Must meet photographer’s safety guidelines* https://jennysouthphotography.co.uk/familyinfo/


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