About Play Gloucestershire

The what, why, how and who.

What we do

Our Play Rangers provide active and creative play in urban and rural communities in the Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury districts. Activities are both school and community based, providing adventure, friendship and fun for hundreds of young people each year.

School aged children and their families are the main beneficiaries of our work. We particularly support children from disadvantaged and rurally isolated communities and those living in challenging circumstances.

Community Play

Our Community Play Rangers take play out to where children live and make play happen. We particularly support children from disadvantaged and rurally isolated communities, and those impacted by adverse childhood experiences

Play Nurture

Our Play Nurture work provides vulnerable children with the time and space to take part in child-led outdoor play and benefit from its restorative and healing qualities. It’s our way of providing help for children who need more support than our community play gatherings can offer.

Play Advocacy

Advocating for play and playwork is a vital part of our work. We recognise our responsibility to help children speak out about their play needs, and for us to speak up on their behalf when we get the opportunity in forums and meetings. We spread the word about just how important play is for children, families and communities.

Why we do it

Our Mission

To transform children’s lives using the power of outdoor play. We believe playing outdoors is an essential part of a happy, healthy childhood and at the heart of a nurturing community.

Our Vision

Happy and healthy childhoods full of outdoor play.

How we do it

Playwork, Playworkers and Play

Our playworkers take play out to where children live and place the play needs of children at the centre of all that we do. We aim to provide children with time and space for play, enabling them to follow their own instincts, ideas and interests in their own way.

Who we are


Our trustees are pivotal in ensuring we stay aligned with our values and act in accordance with UK law, to deliver the best possible service.

Play Team

Our Play Team deliver active and creative play outdoors all year round, whatever the weather. Their job is to make play happen, and they co-create play alongside children and other family members.

Young Volunteers

We provide volunteering opportunities for young people aged 10 to 17 years old, aiming to develop their strengths and utilise their talents. Most start by informally helping us at play in their home community, before signing up to our Young Volunteer Programme.

Play Dogs

Our play dogs Steve, Rafa and Dapple love to get in on the action.

Our Story

When the Big Lottery Fund opened their Children’s Play Initiative in 2006, our founder Pip Levett saw the opportunity to start a charity to deliver the Initiative’s goals of providing free, inclusive opportunities for play for children, particularly in areas of need.