The Playing Field Committee recently conducted an online survey about play facilities in Allington. This was aimed directly at young people. The results are now available and can be downloaded from the link at the foot of this article. Not surprisingly the results show an overwhelming desire for new and better facilities. This information will form part of the evidence used to support a bid to the Big Lottery for funds to help improve Allington’s play equipment. This bid will be to the Reaching Communities fund which is the only available source of major funding at present. We will also be looking at some extra top up funding from our local authorities.
The Reaching Communities Fund is substantially oversubscribed and only 1 in 20 applications is successful. Most of these are from places suffering from significant deprivation in one form or another. Our evidence is therefore crucial.
If anyone has any further comments to make on the need for play equipment please use the reply form below. Observations, comments and anecdotal evidence are all useful and may be able to help our funding application.
In addition to the results of the survey we also have the results of some work carried out by Helen Taylor who worked with children at Allington with Sedgebrook School to produce drawings of what they would like to see at the playing field. Helen’s analysis of the drawings is also available to download.
A final piece of work that may be useful is the results of the original survey that was undertaken to inform the development of the community plan. Although this is getting a bit old in lottery terms, it may be helpful.