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We were fortunate enough to be featured on BBC Radio 4 in their programme "The Imperilled Adventures of the Adventure Playground" by Josie Long. We are so happy with the show and how it turned out, with interviews from children, parents, volunteers and staff. The programme gives a fantastic insight into what Baltic Street Adventure Playground is like and also a bit of background into what we do and why we do it. Featuring voices of playworkers and play theorists from across the board, in history and present day. If you would like to know what a day at Baltic Street is like and why we love our playground so much, you can listen to the programme here.

"“Better a broken bone than a broken spirit.” So runs the mantra for adventure playgrounds - as coined by the woman who did more than anyone to establish them in the UK, Lady Marjory Allen.

In these current days of ours, an increasing aversion to risk means these places designed for children to swing from ropes, jump from trees and generally run free are in trouble. Many of them have been either shut down or re-purposed - a trend only made worse by local authority funding cuts.

Josie Long thinks this is a terrible situation. Adventure playgrounds, she argues, have never played a more important role, with children ushered from bubble to bubble between home and school, after decades in which active and seemingly hazardous play has been undermined. But are adventure playgrounds much safer in their own way than the ‘toyland whimsy’ offered by conventional playground designs where children don’t learn to assess risk?

Josie talks to Michael Rosen about how much more creative the play offered by adventure playgrounds can be, encouraging independence and developing vital social and psychological skills alongside an amazing amount of fun. She spends two days among the children and play workers at the Baltic Street Adventure Playground in the East End of Glasgow, seeing first-hand the incredible and radical difference such a space can offer - not just to the individual children but also the community at large."

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We'd like to welcome our new resident researcher, Beth!

Beth will be working with us at Baltic Street Adventure Playground with the University of Glasgow to understand what is important for people when they access food. Baltic Street is great because of the people who use it, which means you! Beth would love to know about your experiences, opinions and stories.

Beth will be working alongside us at the food hub and other activities and hopes to chat to lots of you about your experiences. If you'd like to get involved, please come say hi to Beth! You can also email her at or give her a call or text on 07541341172.

There is no pressure to take part in the research, and you can also take part and stop at any time if you want to. You can use your real name, fake name (pseudonym) or remain anonymous - whichever you prefer to help maintain confidentiality and your comfort.

As a thank you, Beth would like to gift a £10 Love2Shop voucher, which is a voucher you can use in lots of different shops.

Any and all outputs (like articles) will be made available to access by anyone who takes part and other community members upon request.

If you want to get in contact and have a chat or ask any questions, grab a cuppa with Beth to go over anything!

For more information, there is an information sheet below. If you'd prefer to hear these documents, let Beth know and she can send you an audio file. You can also look at how we use the 'data' (the chats you have) in the document called 'Privacy Notice'

We can't wait to hear from you!

Participant information sheet
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Privacy Notice
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank our team of staff and volunteers.

They have worked tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic, tailoring their approach to suit each individual's specific needs.

The support provided has ranged from emergency food parcel deliveries and numerous mental health interventions to delivering about 10 fridge freezers to the wee woman who keeps breaking .

In this ever changing landscape you are always up for the challenge. (No matter what crazy ideas we come up with)

Another holiday programme smashed out the park.#HoFop Hopefully the next time round we will have children playing on the playground!

Well done team BSAP

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