A group of mothers have vowed to continue their creative weekly support group themselves after losing their charity funding.
Home Link Family Support ran the Time for Me group at Newbattle Community Learning Centre in Newtongrange. The group supported and taught arts and crafts to mothers facing challenging circumstances, either in coping with their children’s disabilities or their own.
The mums have said they will raise the funds needed to carry on the group. Josie Pople is one of them and the mother of four spoke of the importance of the group, which is now called Lifeline Crafts.
She said: “Their ability to empathise and understand what I am ‘going through’ and not judge me as we are ‘in it together’ is truly invaluable to me.
“I felt a real sense of dread at the prospect of no longer meeting and it is the support I have from our group that has given me the strength and courage to tackle setting up independently.”
Josie thanked Councillor Andrew Coventry for donating £300 to keep the group going, Gore Cabs and the learning centre for holding off in collecting payment until Lifeline Crafts raises more money.
Read more on this story in the October 24 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.