The project 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 significantly since it established in April 2002 and is a registered charity (SC 036982).
Playbusters is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors consisting of parents and grandparents from the wider East End. The committee have undergone extensive training and this has resulted in publishing of a business plan.
The staff team consist of -
- Project Manager
- Core Activities Development Officer
- Core Activities Project Worker
- Volunteer Manager
- 2 x Outdoor Play Rangers
- Connecting Generations Development Officer
- Grow Green Project Leader
- Climate Change Officer
- Sustainable Food Officer
- Grow Green Youth Officer
- Easy Spanish Tutors
- Sessional Staff (16)
We also have around 100 volunteers working with us throughout our projects.
Playbusters projects we provide are:
- Youth 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. We also run an 'Easy Spanish Football' programme where young people learn Spanish whilst playing football.
- Grow Green with Glasgow's East End: We have an allotment plot where young people, adults, volunteers and the community can help out and learn from Andy (volunteer) who coordinates the plot. We also run community swap-shops and help people reduce their carbon emissions by learning how to save energy and save money.
- Volunteering Programme: We provide excelllent opportunities for volunteers to become involved in a variety of ways which increases confidence, self-esteem, skills and experience of individuals and greatly benefits the whole community.
- Connecting Generations: 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.
- Go Play: We work with local schools and deliver 'free play' sessions throughout the East End.This encourages young people to play creatively and freely. Young people have been involved in building dens, climbing trees and playing games.
Find out more about what we do on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Playbusters