Help Save the Pop-Up Play Shop!

I know I’ve been absent awhile, and promise that there are some posts coming up.

You may know that since October I’ve been working hard on the Pop-Up Play Shop project.  Based in Cardiff’s Queens Arcade, this project converts a long-empty shopfront into a thriving, all-ages, all-abilities play space.  Completely free to enter, this space has provided over a thousand visitors with the chance to relax, play and reconnect in a warm and supportive environment – and the chance to access materials and resources on play, make new friends, and get into training and volunteering.

We’ve been featured in the South Wales Echo and the BBC, and enjoy tremendous local support from individuals and organizations.  We’ve got big plans to open new sites, and expand our offer to children, families and communities in different ways.

All this is now under threat, from a different branch of the same Council that made it possible in the first place!

You can help keep the Pop-Up Play Shop open and free for all to visit and enjoy:

  1. Sign our petition!
  2. Email Robert Graham at and call the Business Rates department at 029 2087 1326 to let them know that you believe the Pop-Up Play Shop should be given the full possible 100% rates relief
  3. Forward this email to your friends and contacts, through every network you can
  4. If you’re a Cardiff resident, contact your local representatives, and let them know that saving the Pop-Up Play Shop is important to you, as a tax payer and as a voter!
  5. If you can, donate.  Every penny makes a difference.

Thank you.


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