Our engagement was designed and implemented to ensure the rights of the child are respected where they have the opportunities to influence their environment. To put in practice global and national planning priorities ‘child-friendly cities are places where the voices… and rights of children are an integral part of public policies, programmes and decisions’, Cred in collaboration with Collective Impact Arts designed and delivered a creative engagement program to encourage children to meaningfully participate, while having fun throughout.
We organised and delivered a three-hour community event on-site at SJB Park – including a range of activities for children and adults, while enjoying free ice-cream and face painting – to understand what young families and children would like to see in the future play space and what they value about the park. The engagement program and activities were centred around ‘play principles’ – using the senses, imagination, exploration, discovery and collaboration, and were designed to be as vibrant, inquisitive and energetic as the participants themselves.
The program used a variety of tactile tools and techniques ranging from looking into the future through crafty binoculars, using inked thumbs to vote for favourite type of play, to being a TV reporter for ‘Bayside news’. The place-based and immersive activities attracted participants who are typically hard to engage and captured the invaluable voices of over 470 children and families who use the park regularly.
Cred also engaged with four local schools within close proximity to SJB park and designed and delivered two in-school workshops with SRC students from years K-6.