Welcome to the South Gloucestershire Playscheme

South Gloucestershire Playscheme was started in 1998 by a group of local organisations who identified a need in the community.  It was set up as a community organisation and over the years, has been know as ‘Four Towns Play Association’ and ‘5 Alive’. In 2021, we changed our name to South Gloucestershire Playscheme and became a registered charity. 

The scheme started by running free playschemes for children aged 5-11 in the school summer holidays in Patchway, Bradley Stoke, Filton and Stoke Gifford.  Over the years this has changed and has included other areas such as Winterbourne and Severn Beach.  

Nowadays, we deliver the playscheme in Patchway, Stoke Gifford/Little Stoke, Bradley Stoke, Yate and Kingswood.  We have expanded our offer to include the Easter and Christmas school holidays for children, and we run whole family activity sessions across all school holidays.  

Since 2021, we have grown and we are pleased to say that we also now also provide the Cygnet Parenting Support Programme in South Gloucestershire and NOCN accredited Youth Work qualifications across South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset, BANES and Somerset.

Children playing joyously in a rainbow parachute


The playscheme offers free play sessions for children from 5 – 11 years of age who live or go to school in South Gloucestershire. We support local children to play and learn in the presence of others in a safe and child-friendly environment. We run play sessions during the school holidays and half term family fun days.

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Youth Work Courses

Having engaging, qualified and professional Youth Workers delivering our playscheme is the corner stone of what we do. 

This is why we deliver the Introduction to Youth Work course, Level 2 Award in Youth Work Principles and Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice courses, which are accredited by the NOCN – National Open College Network. 

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Cygnet Parent Support

We are proud to provide the Cygnet parenting support programme for parents and carers of autistic children and young people aged 5-18.

Parents of autistic children face the usual positive and difficult challenges of parenting and quite a few more. Attending Cygnet gives parents and carers an opportunity to develop their understanding of autism and look at practical solutions to support their child.

Funded by South Gloucestershire Council.

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Every year we apply to lots of different funding pots.  We feel it’s important to ensure that there is no cost to the families that attend our scheme.  

We would like to say a huge thank you to the following funders that have given us funding so far this year:

High Sheriff, Society of Merchant Venturers, ASDA Foundation, Yate Town Council, Bradley Stoke Town Council, Stoke Gifford Parish Council, Patchway Council, the Almondsbury Charity, South Gloucestershire Council – HAF Funding Department of Education, Local Giving, the Toy Trust, Youth Focus South West, National Youth Agency, Department of Culture Media & Sport, and the National Lottery Fund.