Playful communities About Playful Communities Welcome to Playful communities This section of our website is aimed at: Community councils Community groups Neighbourhood Watch Parents, grandparents and carers who want to help improve play areas or places for playing in their neighbourhood Professionals providing who work with children, teenagers and families, giving them advice and guidance Tenants and residents associations. Playful Communities provides advice and ideas for people wanting to: Understand children’s play Look at ideas about how to support children’s play See examples of playful communities throughout Wales Find out where to go for more support. Pages in this section Raise play awareness – campaigning for play in your community Planning your play area – practical advice for developing a play area How to guides – practical advice to make your community playful Fundraising – tips for applying for funding for play Examples in Wales – playful projects from various areas Play services directory – who to contact in your area You may come across a few different words about play. Here is what they mean: Play areas Also known as playgrounds or equipped play areas. These may have play equipment such as swings, slides and climbing frames. Places for playing Any place where children play but which haven’t been designed for children to use. Some will be in towns (streets, parks, skate ramps, open spaces) and others will be in natural areas (beaches, woods, rivers).