Great summer 2011….

CSV Out2Play had a great summer at Playdays, running Forest School sessions and Play Rangers:

A big thank you to all our volunteers :

  • 35 young people were part of the ‘CSV Summer of Service’ volunteering program where they experienced working with children, landscaping, team work and bike maintenance.
  • the many parents and local people who helped out on our summer playdays in Hartcliffe, Withywood and Stockwood
  • not forgetting our faithful regular volunteers: Zillah, Mandy, Ryan, Luke, Zoe – thanks for all your hard work

Forest Skills workshops – book now!


CSV Environment’s Out2Play team wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

We look forward to seeing you in 2011


Summer successes


PlayRangers enjoying PLAYDAY


CSV Out2Play have had a brilliant summer running Forest Skills, green arts and Puzzle Island days with holiday playschemes and organised many Playdays.


Adventure net play


The Play Rangers delivered playdays in Knowle West, Hartcliffe and Withywood as well as being part of Bristol’s massive PLAYDAY on College Green. Children had the opportunity to take part in giant water play, cardboard city, carving, adventure swings and nets, making fancy dress and much more……

We had fun, hope you did too!!

Forest Skills and Puzzle Island workshops

After the success of the recent workshops aimed at increasing Playworker’s skills, CSV Out2Play are running more in September 2010.

Tuesday 28th 10-1pm Forest Skills to be held in a woodland at our new site in Dundry, South Bristol

Thursday 30th 10-1pm Puzzle Island to be held at Lampton Gardens in Hartcliffe, South Bristol

Call 07725058780 or 0117 9782187 to book a place or get more information.

Funded by BCC through the DCSF Holiday Play Pilot.

Exciting Playworker training!

CSV Out2Play are holding some free workshops open to Summer playscheme workers before the 2010 summer holidays.

Forest School Skills in Leigh woods 10-1pm 2oth July will teach you basic activities and skills linked to the woodland that can be used will all ages and abilities.

Puzzle Island held at Lampton Gardens 10-1pm 22nd July will train you on the creative child guided outdoor mapping game that you can re-use with Resource Library kits or inventing your own activities.

Call Nicky for more info on 0117 9782187

Outdoor play and learning workshop fortnight

Monday 15th of March – Thursday 25th of March

These workshops are aimed at engaging people who work with children or teenagers in an outdoor setting, or who are interested in adapting their practice to the outdoor environment. FREE membership to the Out2Play Resource Library is offered with each place booked as well as a brief induction to how the Resource Library works.

Fun, messy and practical workshops showing you ways to encourage children to cycle, to cycle safely and to get interested in taking care of and fixing their bikes. Bring a bike if you can.

Try out easy and interesting outdoor play activities including getting children involved safely in fire making and using tools to create things out of wood. Take away example Risk Assessments to use in your play setting.

Facilitating the creative use of defunct objects & recycled household scrap in children’s imaginative play. With a choice of workshops take back examples of activities you can do with the children you work with.

Discuss the issues around challenging behaviour in play especially when outdoors and look at ways of dealing with this behaviour both for the playworkers and children involved.

2 day certificated course aimed at outdoor play.

Be prepared to handle some basic tools and get a bit messy as you test your prototype and, by the end of the workshop, you will have a large working spin painting machine to take away with you.

These workshops are provided with help from the Lottery and Quartet (funded by Bristol City Council’s Cycling City fund) and booking is done via PEYTU 01179080601
For more detailed information, including dates, times click on the link below to see the poster, call CSV Out2Play on 0117 9782187 or email us at

Please go to the following link to find out about times and dates.

workshop weeks poster

We are looking at holding more workshops over the Easter school holidays, please contact us if you are interested.

Forest School

Forest School aims to introduce children to the natural world and allows them to gain confidence and respect for themselves and the environment around them.

The Out2Play Team at CSV Environment believes that Forest School has many social, physical and health benefits to offer, through helping children to enjoy physical outdoor activities and develop practical and social skills in a supportive framework.

A Forest Schools programme can build children’s self awareness in many areas of development from motivation to emotional intelligence and can have a huge impact on every child’s development especially those who may struggle in a classroom environment

Forest School can give children an increased awareness of the natural world and helps them to learn to respect it and others within it.

Sessions can be run with children aged four years and upwards from both schools and play organisations, and are tailored to the ages and needs of the individual client groups. They are always held outdoors, either in a local woodland or another suitable location.

Activities include building shelters, tracks and trails, cooking on an open fire, and making art from nature.

To find out more about Forest School, please call

0117 978 2187

or e-mail .uk