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27 July 2017
Conservatives fund free Playfest passes!

Croydon’s Conservative Councillors have donated £1,000 to Croydon Playfest 2017 to help provide free passes for those families where finances may be difficult.

Playfest 2017 is an event for families across New Addington, Fieldway and Monks Hill, taking place on 4th and 5th August 2017 in Addington Park.

The festival will offer a range of activities for the family, including inflatable castles, an outdoor cinema, dance, sports, entertainers, face painting, music workshops, food stalls, craft market, garden games and farm animals.

It is run by Play Place Innov8 CIC, a not for profit community interest company that provide youth and family activities across Croydon with a particular focus on the most deprived communities.

Chris Hennis, Play Place Business Director, said: "We're so delighted that the councillors have been able to help us launch this exciting new event. The additional funds of £1,000 will be used to increase the activities for children and provide additional entries for a number of families who have a particular need. This contribution will have a big impact on Playfest 2017!"

Cllr Tim Pollard, Leader of Croydon Conservative Councillors, said: “I’m so pleased that the Conservative Councillors have chosen to support PlayFest, a great and fun event for the local community that will bring local families together.

“Our donation has will go towards funding 75 day passes so that anyone who wanted to attend, regardless of their financial situation, will be able to take part without worrying about how to pay for it.”


Notes for editors

Play Place have delivered the free ‘Play Day’ event at Monks Hill Sports Centre for the last six years and at Addington Park between 2013-2016. Croydon Landlord Services supported these events through its Youth Participation Funds.

This new project has received partial funding from the new Community Fund that has been commissioned between 2017- 2019, representing 45% of the actual delivery cost of the event. Additional funds have come from the Conservative Councillors’ Ward Budgets.

Play Place Innov8 CIC published community constitution includes:

  • Working with children, young people and adults - providing a broad range of social and educational activities.
  • Community development and participation - promoting services that get communities working together.
  • Helping those who want to get involved in the community.
  • The provision of specialist services to vulnerable young people.
  • Their community activities include:
  • 25 weekly Croydon youth clubs
  • Holiday schemes
  • One off events and community fun days
  • Community and youth consultation projects
  • Crèche events
  • Family learning programmes
  • Mobile play and youth bus,
  • Music studio
  • Croydon Auto Bike Scheme (CABS).
  • London Borough of Croydon Play Strategy (To September 2016).

Play Place support 2,000 registered members at their regular Kent and Croydon clubs and attract 4,000 children, young people and parents to their holiday programmes; and have worked with over 50 commissioners and grant givers.

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