“Make-Do Play is surely one of the happiest places to be.”

We are happy to support Make-Do Play, a drop-in, child-led, informal space, where children can explore their creativity through free, safe and engaging activities.

“We are passionate about all children and families being able to access free play. Children of all ages can explore loose parts, den making, messy play, open ended junk crafts and woodwork with real tools – even the babies!

Last year we found a home at the new Tollyrise Happiness Garden at St Mary’s Hornsey Rise and with the help of Islington Giving, provided nine months of fortnightly play sessions. We have reached over 300 children and parents have really embraced the laid-back, inclusive nature of our sessions and celebrate the level of freedom and autonomy their children are given.

We are thrilled to be back for another year of play – this week saw the return of our regular sessions at the garden and we’re also excited to be launching two new projects thanks to Islington Giving’s Disability Fund – outreach play sessions for disabled children who may face barriers to accessing our other sessions, and a baby group for those navigating the often overwhelming world of early parenthood – we’ll be offering playful crafting, tea and campfire chats!

Photo credit: @Make_Do_Play @magpie.eye.kids

Thank you to Rachel from Make-Do Play for sharing your story and experiences at last week’s Impact in Islington event! You can find out more about our impact and the work of our funded groups in our latest Impact Report!