Our Social Enterprise of the Week:
Playful Anywhere are a social enterprise bringing people and communities together through play. They deliver creative events, festivals and activities which encourage everyone to get involved.
Their Vision / Mission:
Set up in 2014, Playful Anywhere believe that everyone benefits from play and it should be accessible to all, regardless of age or background. They work across Leeds to promote creativity and play, running holiday clubs for children, creating pop up spaces and organising fun events.
Playful Anywhere like to think outside the box when it comes to getting creative. They blur the boundaries between the physical and digital world, using anything from cardboard to code in their artistic activities. Their Young Inventor programmes and PlayLab activities mean that children can also learn new skills while playing.
Playful Anywhere have also set up Playboxes which are repurposed shipping containers, filled with crafts, games, toys and activities. These Playboxes provide fun things to do for children and families and can be used by everyone in the community. They currently have 3 Playboxes situated throughout Leeds and encourage and support other communities to design and build their own.
Why We Chose Them:
Due to current Government guidelines Playful Anywhere are unable to offer their usual face to face activities at the moment and have had to close their Playboxes. However, they have come up with other innovative ways to support families remotely. They are currently running free creative activities on their YouTube Makers channel and across their social media.
As well as this, Playful Anywhere have teamed up with 3 other organisations to create and distribute hundreds of Mini Playboxes to families across the Armley area of Leeds. The Mini Playboxes are filled with fun and inspiring activities for children to do while in lockdown, including flower growing kits and healthy recipe ideas. When distributing the Mini Playboxes, families who may be struggling to get to the shops or order online are being prioritised, as a way of helping those in need.
The Work They Do:
How They Align With Our Values:
Here at Ground Up Digital we believe that everyone should be given the same opportunities in life regardless of background or disabilities. It’s great to see that Playful Anywhere are inclusive to everyone and their activities are open for all to enjoy. They’re doing a fantastic job of bringing people and communities together, while also encouraging inventiveness and playfulness.
You can read more about our values here: https://groundup.digital/our-values
How You Can Support Them:
You can book the team at Playful Anywhere to devise and deliver fun, creative events and you can also hire one of their Playboxes, short or long term. Find out more here: https://www.playfulanywhere.fun/workwithus/