￼Weavers’ started life as an unused piece of land, which was taken on by local parents as a play space for children in the surrounding area. Over the next few years this space began to evolve into a popular early form of an adventure playground. Children from all over Bethnal Green came to use the land as there was limited green space available for them to use.
As the years went by and the playground grew in popularity, local parents decided that the playground needed to secure its future for local children. On Wednesday April 24th 1974 Weavers Adventure Playground Association started life as a registered charity.
From day one the main aim of the playground has been to provide a play environment which is physically varied, interesting and challenging for children/young people – a space where they can socialise, be creative and feel free to play in their own way and on their own terms.
Over the years the playground has seen many changes in staff, management, volunteer’s, services/activities provided and changes within the local community. One of the major changes has been the introduction of qualified play workers who are highly skilled professionals who enhance and support children’s play. Parents have always been an important and vital part in the playground – after all it was local parents who formed Weavers – and will continue to do so.
Weavers’ staff and management have always actively promoted the social benefits that play can bring to the individual child or community as a whole. These include:
- Community cohesion through the acceptance and respect for others, their culture, religion and beliefs
- Equality: No discrimination directly or indirectly
- Health and wellbeing of the individual: develop confidence, self-esteem, co-ordination, strength, stamina, resilience, emotionally and conflict resolution
- Reducation in antisocial behaviour by providing a facility where young people can seek excitement, challenges and adventure, one to one and group workshops
The playground has a large grassed play area which has a variety of exciting and challenging play structures, a basket ball area and a fenced in astro turf area. A large indoor area is used for pool, table tennis, board games, arts & crafts and computers. A fully equipped kitchen which serves tuck and lunches, an office area, toilet block and a stock room. There is also an under 5s area which is fenced off from the main playground. The Playground is open to all children aged 8-16, those under 8 are welcome but must be supervised at all times by an adult, the playground is here to be enjoyed by the whole family.