Let the Children play in Islington
The Islington Play Association was set up in 1971 by a group of parents seeking to establish play opportunities for children in Islington.
Its aims were to enhance quality of life of disadvantaged children living in Islington through its access and participation in community play opportunities, these remain the same today.
The charity currently runs six open-access adventure playgrounds and a Children's Centre, working with approximately 2000 children each year and are advocates for every child’s right to play.
Thanks to an award of £18,000 in July 2019 from Postcode Local Trust, it is currently landscaping the outdoor space at Martin Luther King Adventure Playground to enable the site to be re-opened and accessed by children including those with disabilities. Work is currently underway to alter the existing (unusable) physical layout and to install accessible pathways and enriched natural play areas. Children will plant and maintain trees, shrubs, nature areas and an edible garden. Access to the outdoor space and nature will increase life skills, creativity and learning, as well as promote good health for children and young people. Planned completion is in June 2020.