What we do

Islington Play Association has been fighting for children’s rights for well over 40 years. The organisation has always stayed close to its community activist roots, working closely with parents, carers and community members who want to ensure that the best possible environment is created for children and young people specifically here in this highly over crowded, over built urban area.

Play is something everyone has done and everyone can do, it is the most inclusive activity that exists from the very youngest to the very oldest humans. IPA’s approach is to empower and support young people to develop resilience and independence through assessing risks, being adventurous, trying things out and to aspire to fulfil their potential now and in the future. IPA listens and adapts our services to the individual needs of the people we work with. In this way we can support the social and personal development of young people through informal education.

About Islington Play Association

Islington Play Association has been fighting for children’s rights for well over 40 years. We work closely with parents, carers and community members to ensure that the best possible environment is created for children and young people.

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About Islington Play Association

News & Blog

Thank you Postcode Local Trust!

IPA would like to thank all the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery as we received funding through the Postcode Local Trust which we used to improve our Paradise Park...
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Lunch Bunch is back!

We’re working with Islington Council for another year to help provide free, healthy lunches to families everyday through the school holidays! If your child is aged 6-12 (year 1 to year...
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February Half Term Highlights

We’ve put together some of the best moments from all the February Half Term fun at our adventure playgrounds “When children have the freedom to control their own time, space and...
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Why Play Matters

Play is what happens when children are given the space to be themselves and explore their world, learning about what works and what doesn’t, in pursuit of their own intrinsic aims.

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Why Play matters

37% of children claiming free school meals in Islington attend adventure playgrounds Source: Annual Report 2016