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Our Supporters

We wouldn't be here if it weren't for the amazing organsiations that support and fund what we do. So we'd like to dedicate this page to them and say

"Thank You!"

Current Supporters

Ready Steady Go!

Funded by Children in Need 

We are currently in the middle of a three-year project going through to April 2019.We are currently in the middle of a three-year project going through to April 2019.We are providing therapeutic play opportunities for children and young people from refugee families, as well as local children living in areas of deprivation. The aim is to empower children to make positive choices and improve integration.


Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund

A one year project from June 2018 to July 2019

PlayBack aims to celebrate 40 years of Nottingham Play Forum by collecting memories and recollections from local people about their experiences of play in Nottingham, along with working with heritage partners and local schools to gather additional content and developing a community exhibition of the heritage of play in Nottingham.  The project will also give disadvantaged children and young people in Nottingham the chance to learn about the heritage of play in Nottingham and try out toys & games from the past through a variety of engaging activities.  A training package for school lunchtime supervisors will also be developed and piloted.

Nottingham ScrapBand

Supported by Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Succesful for our second year of funding for a program in 2018/19

The project engages children aged 6-11 from refugee communities in Nottingham in making and sharing music, some for the first time, via the development of a Scrap Band, primarily using materials from PlayWorks’ ScrapStore. Children experienced a range of different musical styles and genres, as well as being encouraged to share their own culture of music making from their own communities, growing confidence and creativity, supporting integration and developing friendships.


Our Park: Heskey

Funded by 51 Community Interest Companies raising money to address health inequalities across England, Scotland and Wales through The Health Lottery.

This is a two-year project through to May 2019

The project sets out to encourage residents in the immediate local area to reclaim their park, Heskey Park (only 30 metres from PlayWorks’ building), which is severally underused due to antisocial behaviour and fear of crime.  Sessions will encourage local children to come out to play on this space, helping to give them identity in the area and to build community cohesion by involving local youth and adults in activities that promote coming together.


Funded by Boots Charitable Trust and others

This is a one-year project ending in March 2018

Unplugged is a project that is designed to unplug children and their families from devices to engage more with each other. The project is designed to reinvigorate children's play and the way that families interact together.

Comprehensive Consultation Study

Funded by Awards for All

Culminating with two reports in February 2018, a comprehensive consultation with members, non-members, stakeholders, local authority and other interested parties was carried out to create a shared vision for play in Nottingham for the next 30 years.

Celebrate 2017

Funded by Big Lottery Fund

A day of play was held in August 2017 to celebrate PlayWorks being a charity in Nottingham for 30 years.  The Arboretum Park was alive with children and their families with all activities being free of charge.  It was a huge success with over 1600 attendees, even the rain held off.  Funding for Celebrate 2018 planned for 1st August is currently being sought.

Business Development

Funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England.

Having gone through a period of contraction and survival, PlayWorks is now in a position to rebuild. Power to Change has therefore awarded funding for twelve months through to October 2018 to employ a Business Development Team (1.5 FTE) to lead our development. The team are tasked with building and diversifying our income, ensuring that PlayWorks can continue to develop programmes, based on need, and to support children and families in Nottingham for the next 30 years.




We are also thankful to the organisations listed below for their funding over the past twelve months:


A W Lymn Centenary Foundation 


Chetwode Foundation 


Coop Community Fund  - Clink the image to choose us as your local cause


Leathersellers Charitable Trust  


Linney Group 


Moto in the Community Trust  


Nottingham Gordon Memorial Trust   


Nottingham Park Garden Trail


Open Gate 


Small Steps Big Changes  (SSBC)


The Thomas Farr Charity  


Volunteering Nottinghamshire  


Warburtons – Families Matter 


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