Over 100 volunteers
Over 10 schools
Over 20,000 children
100s of creative ideas
Children in a conceptual design workshop in Bristol, UK
Who we are:
Dream Networks is a not for profit community interest company that exists to enable businesses, communities and educational institutions to collaboratively design and build sustainable play areas in marginalised communities.
We pride ourselves in placing children and collaboration at the heart of the process. The programmes that we offer create lasting networks that continue to serve communities long after the projects are over.
Moreover, they provide children with the agency and tools to design their own play areas, using computer-aided design software.
We connect the pieces in the collaborative network to make children's Dreams of playing a reality!
We believe that everyone needs to play and has a right to play.
We believe that everyone can contribute towards creating a safe and fun place to play.
We believe designing play areas is child's play. Literally!
We believe that technology can be utilised to enrich learning and sustain environments.
Dream Networks could not exist without the individuals and companies who dedicate their time, expertise and financial support. Our collaborative team is invaluable in enabling the sustainable design processes fostered at Dream Networks to thrive. I am just the dreamer who put pen to paper and asked who wants to join in on the fun!
CEO and Founder
Marie is a senior chartered engineer with over 14 years of product development experience within advanced technology and sustainable design industries. She is passionate about children experiencing the joy and developmental benefits play affords. She believes children should have agency to shape their built environment and play, which is one of the reasons she founded Dream Networks. Marie loves dancing, anything creative, lecturing, baking cakes and the Christian faith. You can connect with Marie via firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Development Manager
Ksenia is an optimistic and enthusiastic business development manager with a marketing background. By listening deeply and putting our customer's needs firsts, she develops the right action plan for each of our client's unique needs and is committed to helping them choose the best solutions. At DreamNetworks, she onnects businesses with underserved schools and communities to create inclusive and sustainable play spaces .In her free time, Ksenia enjoys travelling, chess and sports. You can connect with Ksenia via email@example.com
Xiyan is a marketer who creates and manages digital content that helps to build Dream Networks relationships with businesses, schools, and communities. She has a robust academic background and experience in communication and digital marketing. Her deep understanding of children’s growth from past experience fosters Xiyan’s continued dedication to improving their power to play. You can connect with Xiyan via firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Advisory Board
Advisory Board member - Child's rights and International Development
Claire Leigh is the Director of Global Policy, Advocacy and Research at Save the Children. In this role she leads Save’s knowledge and influencing agenda for children living in developing countries and conflict zones. Previously Claire has worked for a variety of internationally-focused organisations including UNDP and UNICEF in New York, the Overseas Development Institute in London, and as an advisor to the Presidents of Rwanda and Liberia as part of the Africa Governance Initiative. Claire has also spent time working for the British Government, first as a senior policy advisor in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and subsequently in the Policy Planning Staff of the Foreign Office. Claire holds a first class degree in History from Cambridge and an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford. She has two young children, Maya and Nancy, who love to play, and says "the Covid Pandemic has shown us all how vital opportunities to play and interact are for children's health, happiness and development. I believe passionately in the right of all children to access play spaces, regardless of who they are or where they are from, which is why I am so proud to join the Board at Dream Networks.
Advisory Board Member - Sustainable Business Strategies
Stephen has 20 years experience of smart and sustainable cities. As Director of Futures at Bristol City Council, Stephen held strategic responsibility for sustainability, climate change, resilience, civil protection, city innovation, economic development and international affairs. His achievements include, the award of European Green Capital 2015 and becoming a Rockefeller 100 Resilient City. Recently, Stephen established Bristol Futures Global, an independent consultancy specialising in collaborative approaches to creating smarter, greener, more inclusive and resilient cities. He is a Fellow at the University of Bristol Cabot Institute and a Director of the Bristol £ local currency.