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Playbusters was originally set up to address the lack of good quality and safe play areas for children and young people in the East End of Glasgow. However, in response to local need and the desire of local parents to improve this, Playbusters has developed over the last five years since its establishment. Playbusters is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of parents and grandparents from the wider East End. The committee has undergone extensive training and this has resulted in publishing of a business plan.

The staff team consists of a Project Manager, a Development Officer, Sessional Staff, Easy Spanish Tutors and Volunteers.

Services provided by Playbusters and projects they are involved in:

• Club Activities: We provide a wide range of activities for age groups 5-7, 8-12 and 12 plus.

• Easy Spanish Language Programme: We currently provide for up to 120 people each week ranging from parent/toddlers/family and adult workshops. There is a high demand for this to expand and we are currently advertising for volunteers to allow for this.

• Beardmore Park: We have built up a number of volunteers to become involved in a committee and to assist us in providing a wide range of activities and large events for all ages. We have recently established a 'Young Friends of Beardmore Park' to actively involve young people in further development issues e.g. multi purpose games court.

• Environmental Projects: We are currently working with the eco committees of three schools and have plans to expand services into other schools. We have recently sourced an allotment plot and see this as a way to attract more volunteers and will actively promote the recruitment of those with disabilities and older people to work with our groups.

• Play Areas: We work with Glasgow Housing Association over their play area strategy and this takes the form of community consultations and holding of fun events around this. This provides an excellent opportunity for volunteers to become involved in a variety of ways.

• Intergenerational Work: We have developed a programme to bring older people and young people together through a variety of fun workshops, visits to places of interest and the transference of both traditional and technological skills.

• Other work that we are developing is the Asylum Seeker and Refugee network through activities and a possible language programme similar to our Easy Spanish.

• Art/Regeneration Project: We work with three local schools looking at the heritage and changes taking place in the east end and our older volunteers are a large contributor to this.

For further info contact:

Margaret Layden
1345/1351 Gallowgate
Glasgow G31 4DN
Tel: 0141 551 0071


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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210