Obesity: Tipping Back the Scales of the Nation
- 08:30 - 16:15
- The Studio, Manchester
Alice’s varied background revolves around environmental campaigning, research, community activism and children’s rights. In 2009, Alice and her neighbour, artist Amy Rose, came up with the idea of temporarily transforming their Bristol street into a safe ‘shared space’ where children could play freely outside their front door, simply by closing the road to through-traffic for a short time after school. This model was intended as an imterim solution and a way to rebuild the conditions needed for street play, or ‘playing out’, to be a normal part of children’s everyday lives.
Alice is now Director of Playing Out CIC, set up to support a growing movement of residents actively involved in making their streets a place to play. Playing Out has supported resident-led action in over 400 street communities across the UK, providing advice and hands-on support to resident ‘activators’, local organisations and policy-makers. As a result, over 10,000 children have had the chance to ‘play out’ on their own streets and there is a growing awareness of the urgent need to restore children’s right to play where they live.
Twitter: @aliceplayingout @PlayingOutCIC