Mayor of London Providing for Young People's Outdoor Play
The Supplementary Planning Guidance 'Providing for Children and Young People's Play and Informal Recreation' aims to help those involved in planning local neighbourhoods to engage with young Londoners to deliver real improvements in the quality of play spaces. The Mayor wants to see a child-friendly London with inclusive, accessible, and safe play spaces that allow all young Londoners to engage in fun, positive, and healthy play and recreation in their own communities and throughout London. The SPG provides guidance to London Boroughs on providing for the play and recreation needs of children and young people under the age of 18. You can download the full SPG 'Providing for Children and Young People's Play and Informal Recreation' at http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/strategies/sds/spg-children-recreation.jsp.
You may also be interested in the London Youth Offer. The Mayor made an initial announcement about the Youth Offer in September 2007, outlining initial proposals for a £60 million package of measures. The objectives for this Youth Offer have been developed to help provide more activities and services for young Londoners. We want to increase the range of services for teenagers, provide more support for parents and give young people new opportunities to gain new skills and raise their aspirations.
The Mayor made a further announcement on December 5th 2007 with Beverly Hughes, the Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families. This increased the Youth Offer by £18 million to £79 million. The total funding package now includes £20 million from the London Development Agency and £59 million from the Department for Children, Schools and Families over the next two years. £14 million of the £20 million LDA money has already been allocated to London boroughs. £5 million will be set aside for the Young Londoners' Fund to encourage pan-London, cross-borough or pilot initiatives by groups or individuals.
Further information about how the Youth Offer can be accessed through the Mayor of London website at http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/children/youth-offer-1207.jsp. Information regarding the Young Londoners' Fund can also be found at http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/children/ylf.jsp