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Outreach play sessions

We offer an outreach service where we can visit community and voluntary playgroups. This provides an opportunity to support play projects in local communities through training, resources and practical support.

A wide range of activities can be offered including:

  • Messy play
  • Sensory play
  • Physical play
  • Creative arts

The emphasis of this programme is that we bring the ‘props’ each week and the children choose how they will play with them. We will provide ideas for the group to carry on doing after we leave, and also ideas that parents can easily and cheaply do at home.

The aim of the programme is to provide play opportunities in a range of environments by:

  • Encouraging and supporting child-led play to enable children to have ownership of their play environment.
  • Providing a safe environment for children to play and interact with other children.
  • Providing children with opportunities to explore their environment and empowering them to decide their own learning outcomes.

To book your Outreach Play Session, please contact our Play Development Officer by emailing

Summer support sessions

During the summer, our Play Service provides support primarily for the voluntary community sector with play sessions comprised of junk art, games, process art and messy play. For more information email

Volunteering with us

If you would like to work with children and young people in the future, volunteering with us could be an option for you. We will offer you regular management support, training opportunities and a range of experiences that will help your personal and professional development. You will become part of a vibrant and enthusiastic team. 

Who can volunteer?

To become a volunteer, you don’t need to have any experience or skills but you do need to be over 18, friendly, trustworthy and understand the issues faced by children and young people these days.

How you can get involved in volunteering

If you're interested in volunteering with Community Services and children specifically, please email

Contact us
City & Neighbourhood Services
028 9027 0470
Children & Young People Unit
City & Neighbourhood Services Department
Cecil Ward Building,
8-10 Linenhall Street, Belfast BT2 8BP