Roots of Change is a storytelling platform dedicated to the Alumni community of The Funding Network Australia. Here we share their stories of ingenuity, courage, determination, spirit, growth and the impact these grassroots organisations have had, as a direct result of funds and support received from The Funding Network community.

Play for Life

Play for Life

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Delivering play initiatives designed to effectively “future-proof” children and young people and prepare them for a radically changing world they face.

Impacts on our modern society have significantly restricted children's ability to access free independent play, most significantly outdoor play adventures. Play experiences that we took for granted when we were young are now being radically diminished or at risk of disappearing entirely. One key contributing factor being that we are now living in an increasingly risk-averse Australia. This, coupled with a lack of understanding of the role of play, also means essential developmental life skills such as resilience, adaptability and creative thinking, all gained through play, are also being affected. More alarmingly, health statistics such as increases in childhood obesity, mental health issues, bullying and social disconnection are being directly attributed the decline in free play and independent mobility for children and young people.

Based on Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Play for Life's vision is to advance the right of all children and young people (5-18 years) to access free play and to see play valued and conserved in their lives as they grow into adulthood, with a focus on working with disadvantaged communities. Our flagship program is Creating Positive Playgrounds in Schools, featuring the Play for Life Pod, a modified shipping container filled with safe recycled 'loose parts' otherwise destined for landfill.


2013 Pitch
Funds raised: $13,550

Play for Life got involved in TFN's 2013 pilot series and raised $13,550 to continue to deliver play initiatives designed to effectively “future-proof” children and young people and prepare them for a radically changing world they face.

Read their Impact Report


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