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A word from the CEO… I am very happy to be presenting our third Annual Impact report for 2015/16.

IPA runs many different services across the borough with the key aim to provide excellent play opportunities for children in Islington. We do this through Paradise Park Children’s Centre, working with families with children 0-5 offering them childcare, family support, health services, play opportunities and much more. We also run six adventure playgrounds across Islington including one for children with disabilities and special needs.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank trustees, staff and volunteers who make it all possible through giving their time, commitment and passion.

Our future plans include facing up to the challenges of fighting poverty and improving the lives of children despite the effects of reductions to funding and the turmoil of benefits that effect so many of our families. IPA is a strong stable organisation and will continue to find opportunities to make a difference in children’s lives.

We aim to continue running adventure playgrounds, the children’s centre and other projects like our Healthy Holidays initiative whilst also expanding our services to include closer relationships and joint work with the police and schools. We will be looking externally to create innovative partnerships with local businesses and providing a whole range of services for local families.

2016/17 will be an exciting, challenging and important year for us and for the families and children living in Islington.

Anita Grant Chief Executive

Our outcomes for families with children under 5 Essential Services

Wide Reach!

IPA’s Paradise Park Children’s Centre continued to provide essential services to those families and young people most in need in the Holloway area of Islington.

We reached 98% of the children (1,021) and families (803) in the catchment area.

No.1 Centre! In 2015-16 we saw more children (1,617) and families (1,382) than any of the other 15 children’s centres in Islington.

are dedicated to reaching those families in our area that DEDICATION We are most in need and this year we helped:





Of workless households

Of those living in statutory overcrowding

Of families living in Social Housing

Of families headed by a lone parent

Financial Information 2015/2016 Income Islington Council Paradise Park Children's Centre Islington Council Adventure Playgrounds Islington Council - Play and Project Funding Big Lottery, Charitable Trust and Donations Income from charitable activities, Consultancy and Bank Interest Total
















Staff and Training costs

Project Costs

Admin, Fees and Audit

All Premises Costs & Overheads Total


Financial Information Income

Islington Council - Paradise Park Children's Centre Islington Council - Adventure Playgrounds Islington Council - Play and Project Funding Big Lottery, Charitable Trust and Donations Income from charitable activities, Consultancy and Bank Interest

Financial Information Expenditure












Staff and Training costs Project Costs Admin, Fees and Audit All Premises Costs& Overheads

IPA is grateful to the following donors and funders for their support in 2015 – 2016:    

London Borough of Islington Heritage Lottery Fund 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust City Bridge Trust

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Islington Local Initiatives Fund Health and Social Care Volunteering fund Safer Neighbourhood Board And all other funders…

Auditor: Chapmans Associates Limited, 3 Coombe Road, London, NW10 0EB Bankers: Barclays Bank, The Co-operative Bank & COIF Charities Deposit Fund Full Accounts available on request.

Staffing, governance and management Board of Trustees Chair Lorna Lewis (until Nov 2015) Melea Mapes (from Nov 2015)

Vice Chair Mick Conway (left Apr 2015) Lorna Lewis (from Nov 2015)

Secretary Suzanne Murray (until Nov 2015) Laura John (joined Nov 2015)

Trustees Jane Deighton (joined Nov 2015) Keely Nugent (Nov 15 to Mar 16)

Juergen Heeg Lisa Summers (left Sept 2015)

Ed Kevill-Davies (left Sept 2015) Denise Ward

Head Office, Finance & Admin Chief Executive Officer Anita Grant

Operations Director Suzanne Murray

Finance Director Biniam Ghebreysus

Administrator Grainne O’Dwyer Simon Gist

Finance Workers Bruna Ibraj Lloyd Sherwood

Playground Coordinators Annie Cook Samadul Haque Dawn Jennings

Darren McLaughlin Kerry O’Connor Kevin Richards

Treasurer Dominic Wollweber

Services Director Wendy Jeeves

Adventure Playgrounds Adventure Playgrounds Manager Lucy Benson

Deputy Playworkers Lydia Bailey, Maureen Bull, Mark Challis, Gilmar Cruz Silva, Vicky Cunningham, Chelsea Freed, Jordan James, Jack Matsell-Nish, Frankie May, Fabi Righi, Jake Stevens Projects Play Heritage Development Worker Growing and Playing Project Worker Project Coordinator Jordan James Charlie Tebbutt Quoc Truong Paradise Park Children’s Centre Head of Centre Helen Richards

_ Café Manager Lisa Wales

_ Nursery Manager Marie Forde

Senior Family Support Worker Kemi Lawal

Cook Virginia Moreno-Catena Theo Gibson

Nursery Deputies Fatima Bahmani Jermaine Payne

Centre Reception and Outreach Sarah Ghartey

Family Support Workers Natty Briggs

Early Years Team Pauline Atkinson, Kit Barber, Davika Gravillis, Tracey Hollis, Stacey Jeakins, Tamar Lewis, Amo Mahadi, Chrystal Portsmouth, Mahzabin Rahman, Naz Rahman, Rebecca Richards, Silvia Scherma, Cinzia Tassinari

Sessional Playworkers and Volunteers We would like to thank all the sessional playworkers and volunteers who make our work possible

“Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity and is fundamental to the healthy development of children and communities�

The Children

Adventure Play In Islington is

Growing‌ 2012 2015 35% 57%

Numbers of children attending our sites has increased by And regular attendance increased by

The Children

Attendance Numbers‌

Children come from all over the borough, to explore and play at our sites.

The colours on the map show the number of children and where they come from in Islington 1 to 6 6 to 21 21 to 52 52 to 213 213 to 2,429


Our staff are all fully trained and 5 of our team are studying Playwork related courses at University. 11 Safeguarding & CP officers This brings expertise to our playgrounds. 5 Paediatric First Aiders 7 Emergency First Aiders63

& counting trained to at least SG foundation level‌ 4 Fire Wardens

63 63


26 16 13








1 4 5 4 Studying for Trained to Volunteers Safeguarding Trained in First Aiders Level 2 or 3 Fire Wardens3 Health & 4 Studying for 1 Safeguarding trained in and child Food Hygiene NVQ/ Safety Masters PHD Trained to Volunteers Safeguarding Trained in Emergency Paediatric First Aiders Health & Fire Wardens Studying for Studying for Safeguarding Safeguarding trained in and Child Food Hygiene First Aiders First Aiders Safety Officers Masters PHD Foundation protection Diploma in Foundation Safeguarding Protection Officers officers Playwork Officers


“Playgrounds are free at the point of access, children are free to come and go, and children are free to play as they like”

“These principles are considered a moral compass to ensure we are working in the best interests of children’s play”


96 Employees

Over half Of staff live in



Live in neighbouring boroughs

91% Grow

Believe IPA allows them to

“IPA is proud to pay staff the London Living Wage”

Action & Projects FINDING NATURE Improving children’s relationship with and understanding of nature. The children plant gardens, trees & hedgerows & learn about wildlife

HEALTHY HOLIDAYS Promotes healthy eating to children in poverty, gives them understanding of diet, health and lifestyle, and provides 4000 free lunches a year



Food growing on playgrounds & food growing lessons. 600 children getting learning opportunities about the value of biodiversity

The vegetables grown at Toffee Park Adventure Playground, were then sold on the shelves of Waitrose



IPA working closely with Project Oracle to develop an innovative evaluation tool to measure the impact of our work through theory of change

We host Playdays, celebrations, fund raising & awareness, playground days for adults to recapture childhood.


Action & Projects We are particularly



Islington Play Association worked with children and the local community to investigate,

explore and record the

amazing history of the adventure playground movement in Islington from 1966

- 2016

Funded by

National Lottery

“IPA has a clear equality and diversity policy. The approach taken is one of individual responses to individuals”

“Every Child has their own thoughts, feelings and experiences”

Sharing good practice

390 Newsletter


We have spoken at many conferences including

Risk It

The International Play Association in Istanbul

1000 Twitter


Delivered Training in Camden Hackney Lambeth

Regular Facebook


Presented Good Practice Workshops At the National Play Work Conference

And supported The Leicester adventure playgrounds – who said: “Islington Play Association are an inspiration to all of us involved in inner city Adventure Playgrounds”.

In 2011 awarded the Right to Play award

By the International Play Association

Partnerships CHILDREN Children are always encouraged to tell us what they think. We have suggestion boxes at all the playgrounds. Staff & Children work together!

POLICE IPA helps the local police force build rapport with the local community. “I fully support IPA” – Marcel Baker, Met Police Youth Engagement

PARENTS Annual Parent Surveys shows satisfaction rates are VERY HIGH. Saturday is family day at playgrounds, for parents to have fun too!

Research Partners Our Patron, Bob Hughes, instrumental in forming the Play work principles, is an IPA friend. Bob is a renowned play work theorist and author. He visits the playgrounds at least twice a year

SCHOOLS Links to local schools and children’s centres. We run Paradise Park Children’s Centre, the first Children Centre in England to be awarded Quality in Play


Bob said this… “All playgrounds are functioning well above a quality bottom line, the playgrounds exude friendliness and a welcoming spirit”


Businesses organisations work with us inand a variety of ways

You can work with us too! Nd

Provide us with free food for the children, all year round

Bring corporate volunteers throughout the year to carry out work on the playgrounds and enjoy a day out of the office

Ensure food isn’t wasted through redistributing it to our playgrounds

Young people volunteer on the playgrounds throughout the summer and run fundraising events to support our charity

We provide internships to Childhood Studies MA students

Estate services support our charity through helping to maintain Crumbles Castle adventure playground


Build a



2000 Volunteer Hours clocked Jan 2016 – June 2016 You can volunteer with us too! and try something a little bit different… Make a


Be Creative

Andmess make a

“It feels like I am really making a difference – seeing the smiles that the activities put on the children’s face is priceless” – Juergen Heeg, Investment professional and volunteer at IPA

You can help If you feel as strongly as we do about the need to improve the play opportunities and quality of life for children and young people, then please support our unique and vital work. Your donation really can make a difference You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 Text PLAY40 and the amount you want to donate to 70070 The money raised will go towards protecting, promoting and creating play opportunities for children in Islington. Support us today and make a difference to the lives of children in Islington!

You can help Gifts in kind can also be a great way to support us.

Tables & Chairs

Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards



Sports Equipment equipme equipment nt

“In 2012, IPA were instrumental in getting all playground land protected by a deed of dedication. Play; Past, present & in perpetuity�

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Islington Play Association - Annual Impact Report 2016  
Islington Play Association - Annual Impact Report 2016