About Us

Play Gloucestershire is a Registered Charity, established in May 2007. Our Play Ranger teams work in urban parks and rural green spaces, providing free, outdoor active play, sports and arts activities to school-aged children across the six county districts of Cheltenham, Cotswolds, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury.

Our staff and volunteers combine play delivery with strategic play development and our team of Young Play Activists help to spread the ‘Get Out & Play!’ message in their local communities.

If you have two minutes to spare, please take a look at our film at http://www.youtube.com/user/playglos

If you are interested in commissioning our Play Rangers to work in your District, Town or Parish – or if you would like to hire us for an event –  take a look at our ‘menu card‘ of services and prices.

Last year we asked the Evaluation Trust to assess what we do and how we do it – afterwards Sarah del Tufo of the Trust commented:  “This was one of the most inspiring and outstanding evaluations that the Evaluation Trust has completed in the last 20 years.  The ethos, flexibility and reliability of Play Gloucestershire’s Play Rangers foster trust and respect amongst children.  A culture has been created across the whole organisation where children come first.  The evidence shows that Play Gloucestershire’s Play Rangers are quite outstanding.”

If you would like to read the full report or the summary version, please contact us and we can email you a copy.

What are Play Rangers?

Play Rangers are qualified playworkers who take their skills and equipment to where the children are. We currently have two teams delivering active outdoor play in both urban and rural communities across Gloucestershire. Our policy is open access, so it is free to use and there is no registration. Children can come and go as they please. Our activities are targeted at 7 to 14 year olds. Under 7’s are welcome when accompanied by a parent or carer.

We operate during the school holidays from 10am to 4pm, after-school from 4pm to 6pm or at weekends for fun days and festivals. Play Rangers get out and play in all weathers and all year round, except the Christmas school holidays. Please see Play Sessions to find out where we are currently working, or contact the Team Leaders (see Contact Us page)  for more information.