Let’s Play @ MASKK

Let’s Play is MASKK’s wider community arm. MASKK deliver a variety of activities that encourage children and families to play more and these are delivered in a variety of locations. These take place when we have grants and donations that enable them.

Currently much of this work has focused on the Sheffield Healthy Holidays (Healthy Activities and Food) supporting children who receive benefits related free school meals, for more information visit https://sheffieldhealthyholidays.org/  

In 2022 we have worked with Sheffield Theatres to create Showtime! A new weekly activity that started in January and in April will see the children perform on stage at the Crucible. The group will take a break in April but subject to funding hopes to return in May with space for new children and young people to join us.

Keep looking at our latest news on our homepage for details of upcoming activities and events.

MASKK believe children today do not have the same opportunities to play freely, in a safe environment and in the way that many of us were able to do when we were children. Through play, children develop social and interaction skills, whilst also supporting their physical and emotional development. Play allows them to discover the world around them, learn about each other and start to understand themselves. By playing, children try new things, negotiate with each other, make decisions, learn to cooperate, to pick themselves up and to try again if things don’t work out the first time. Play is essential to the development of a healthy child. It should be freely chosen and offer a balance of risk and challenge.

Let’s Play sessions are led by our Manager and our experienced team of Playworkers and Volunteers. All our session leaders have DBS checks, Playwork training, First Aid Training, Safeguarding Training, Food Hygiene Training and much more. We work closely with training providers to ensure our staff and volunteers have access to up to date and relevant training.

Have you got an idea for an activity or project to support children but need some help to get it started? Then email our Play & Development Manager craigjudson@maskk.org.uk to see if we can help.

Due to covid-19 restrictions our community activities were significantly reduced in 2020 and so we created some at home resources. These can be found here: https://www.maskk.org.uk/home/maskk-activity-booklets/  for you to enjoy.