Our Place and Space Project

Our aim is to empower people to become advocates for the transformation of the spaces in which they live and to increase children’s access to play in their communities. We work alongside communities in Fife to help identify and achieve the aspirations of local people and families.

The challenges that communities face are diverse and unique - working in partnership to find sustainable solutions to these evolving circumstances.

‘Our Place and Space’ project is managed by Smart Play Network and funded for two years by the Scottish Governments Empowering Communities Programme; Investing in Communities Fund (ICF). The project runs from 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2022.


We work with children, parents/carers, volunteers and practitioners in a community for a period of up to six months; returning in the final year to provide follow up support if required.











Some of the activities that are available include:

  • Community play sessions and events to showcase low cost play ideas and share skills

  • Support to form local steering groups

  • Consultation and engagement activities with the local and wider community

  • Identifying and facilitating appropriate learning opportunities

  • Support for volunteers; mentoring, job shadowing, workshops

  • Practical support and advice to develop and transform outdoor play & community spaces

  • Support with money saving initiatives and resources for families

Benefits of OPAS:

  • Stronger community relationships; more inclusive, connected and empowered communities

  • Improved economic prospects; increased skills, confidence, realised potential and motivation to further develop skills

  • Improved health and well-being; increased access to outdoor spaces and physical activity

  • Decreased financial pressure on families to provide expensive resources or high cost activities





Smart Play Network is a charity registered in Scotland (SC042505) and a company limited by guarantee (SC401334).
Registered office: Unit 40, Castlebrae Business Centre, Peffer Place, Edinburgh EH16 4BB | Telephone Number: 0131 554 2620

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