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

New Family Kitchen Sessions

Family Kitchen is a free six-week programme that supports families to learn how to cook. Each session is 90 minutes and includes practical cooking skills and a chance for families...
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Kitchen Social at Timbuktu and Lumpy Hill

Timbuktu Adventure Playground and Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground will be running free, healthy cooking sessions and providing free lunches to children this Wednesday 14th and Friday 16th February, 11.00am-2.00pm. No booking...
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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

1,517 children attended IPA’s 6 playgrounds a total of 54,494 times in 2016-17 Source: Annual Report 2016