Community group bids to get more children outside

November 22, 2010 by  

Parent Action for Safe Play (PASP), a community project from Coatbridge, is looking to launch a poster campaign in a bid to win a lucrative charity award that could see their project extend its coverage and facilities to other areas around the region. PASP is a play scheme for youngsters in the area, providing them with activities and play sessions on the streets of Coatbridge. With their ‘play ranger’ staff, PASP takes to the streets in Coatbridge to promote youngsters to ditch their computer games indoors and play outside whatever the weather. Other schemes have included putting solar powered lighting into parks in the local area so that children can play safer on the dark nights of winter.

Now they are bidding for public votes to gain a financial grant from the People’s Millions initiative which will be shown on TV channel, STV, later in November. PASP has got through to the televised final where they will appeal to viewers to vote for their cause in order to win a grant of £47,000.

This will enable PASP to provide more play rangers and purchase a vehicle to help transport staff and their play equipment around the streets of Coatbridge and extend their reach into other streets.

A film crew has made a short film about PASP’s work which the project hopes will pull in enough votes to make them successful with the People’s Millions. Using print companies in Coatbridge, the group could make good use of printing posters or flyers and distributing them around the area in order to drum up more support for their worthwhile cause.