Space to play and much more!

Community, fundraising
and the difference we make

Our Community & Why we’re here

We have to raise every penny we need to keep providing the space and services our local children desperately need.

In our area there are an average of 12,020 residents per km square. This compares to an average of 5,600 for London and 366 for England as a whole. Many local children have no access to outside space or gardens.

Sadly youth violence, gangs, drugs, poverty and child hood obesity all pose threats to our local children. We are free to use and offer a safe and exciting space. Come and be part of our brilliant volunteering team. There are so many ways you can help.

Become a Friend!

Join as an individual, a family or even as a VIP. Our annual friendship plans have great benefits and all come with the happy knowledge that you are helping to secure the future of the APG. Individual friendship £29, Family Friendship £39. VIP friendship £99.

Friendship benefits include:

  • Priority ticket booking for events
  • Free limited edition badge
  • Free APG T-shirt
  • Free newsletter

Additional VIP Friendship benefits include:

  • 20% discount on venue hire
  • Free jar of APG honey (bee dependant!)
  • Free drink at the AGM

You can download a membership form here with full details & how to pay etc.

Volunteering is fun!

Come & join us!

In 2019 we had over 390 volunteers. Volunteering is fun and helps make our community a particularly welcoming & supportive place for children.

Last year our volunteers aged from 6 – 81 did some amazing things including…

  • Making 30 litres of pumpkin soup
  • Creating obstacle races & acting as race referees
  • Digging potatoes, planting tomatoes & weeding the vegetable garden
  • Designing & drawing posters & artwork
  • Managing events for hundreds of people
  • Running ultra-marathons
  • Welcoming visitors & selling herbs from our garden

We have a space for almost every talent & any amount of time you want to give. We have a Young Volunteers programme as well as regular adult volunteering sessions.

Young Volunteers

Last year over 40 children & young people volunteered their time, energy & enthusiasm for events and projects at the APG.

In the last year our young volunteers

  • Undertook a birdwatch for the RSPB & did a nature survey
  • Ran chocolate fountains & popcorn stalls at fireworks night
  • Designed posters & logos for our events
  • Helped run sports day events including the 3 legged race & obstacle course
  • Acted as waiting staff at fundraisers
  • Transformed the hut into a chocolate factory
  • Dug, weeded and planted in our edible garden

If you are aged 6 – 19 and would like to do some volunteering just get in touch.

Recent & upcoming events & activities

We have an active events team helping to run events & activities at the APG. We always welcome new members so get in touch if you’d like to get involved.

Recent projects include:

  • A community sports day in partnership with Stockwell Park Residents Association which gave over 100 children the chance to test their skills and improve their fitness.
  • An open day & BBQ to celebrate the end of the summer holidays.
  • Our Fireworks night provided a dazzling night for over 450 APG users, their families and local residents.
  • Our Young Advisors group is making sure our children make choices and decisions about their playground & how best it can serve them.

Pedal for your Playground & fundraising drive 2021

This year is the 21st anniversary of the APG as a community run and managed charity. We are celebrating with a fundraising drive beginning with 24 hour cycle challenge with a team of over 70 riders covering 768 miles. After that we have lots of work to do in raising funds for our wonderful new community hub.
We always welcome volunteers so please get in touch if you’d like to join the fun. There are lots of ways to help including…..
• Raising funds through a sponsored event – from marathon to coffee morning!
• Donating raffle or auction prizes
• Joining the events team and helping to plan events or taking on a role from ticket collecting to running the tombola.

A Community Hub

What does the future hold?

We have been granted planning permission for an exciting and innovative new building to serve as a community hub and to allow us to develop a reliable long term source of funding.

New building project update

Dear friends and neighbours of Slade Gardens Adventure Playground

Many of you have asked about progress on the proposed permanent home for the adventure playground, (Slade Gardens Community Hub), in light of the economic uncertainty surrounding the Covid 19 crisis.

As a reminder, this building is needed to enable the Adventure Playground to generate income and be financially self-sufficient in order to serve future generations of children and preserve this valuable playspace, with all Lambeth funding now ceased.

It is true that these unprecedented times have had a profound impact on the grant funding landscape for ambitious projects like this.

The Slade Gardens Community Play Association has taken the difficult decision to amend the plans for the new building to reduce costs and make the remaining fundraising more achievable.

The project benefits from Lambeth’s support in the form of a £1m grant for the new building.

We have set ourselves the challenge of re-designing the building with the same scope, space and facilities within a more achievable budget.

The changes as illustrated can be summarised as follows:

  • The building no longer ramps out of and back into the ground plane. This was a keystone of the original brief as it allowed us to create an accessible roof that cancelled out the loss of open space, but Lambeth are now open to a more traditional building form.
  • The roofscape will no longer be accessible. The simpler form allows us to construct the building using traditional methods which will save both time and cost on site.
  • The main flexible community space is retained, as is the café facing the park which can be used by the public as well as the playground users.
  • The footprint of the building is very similar to the consented scheme but the overall height of the building is reduced.
  • The proposed materials are a mix of naturally weathered copper cladding and timber, both long lasting and relatively maintenance free.

We hope you will support these revised proposals.The aim is to resubmit the scheme for planning before Christmas.

We welcome your comments at this stage, please submit any concerns or queries you may have via email to with Slade Gardens Community Hub in the subject line.

Who we work with

We work with many other groups, schools, charities and local services including:
• Beyond Autism
• The Rainbow Charity
• Bay Tree
• Brownies

Get Involved

We receive fantastic support from the local community and have developed close connections with local residents, schools and charities.

Please come and get involved we welcome support and there are endless ways you can help us. We value every penny and rely on the generosity of our sponsors and supporters. Please donate here or get in touch if you would like to talk to us about helping.