Midlothian project receives funding boost

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Members of Midlothian Association of Play (MAP) are looking forward to the next phase of their Out2Play project thanks to leading regional housebuilder Persimmon Homes.

MAP in Dalkeith, is the latest recipient of Persimmon Homes East Scotland’s Community Champions donation, receiving £1,000 to support their Out2Play sessions in Midlothian.

Run by specialist playworkers and volunteers, MAP aims to improve children’s quality of life, wellbeing and development by offering them the chance to take part in creative outdoor activities including outdoor cooking, sports, games, crafts and den building.

Susan McIntyre, development manager at MAP, said: “This funding is a terrific support to us. It means we can deliver our popular Out2Play sessions in Woodburn in Dalkeith this year. We provide activities that help to make it safer and more appealing for children to ‘play out’ and get them and their family’s outdoors and active in their community.”

The ‘theory of change’ that MAP works towards is that skilful playwork can result in healthier more confident children that are successful learners that can maintain better relationships.

The specialist playworkers often support the children by facilitating communication, assisting with negotiation and addressing challenging behaviour in the hope that the long term outcome will be more empowered communities that feel a sense of ownership.

Jim Kirkpatrick, managing director for Persimmon Homes East Scotland, said that the Community Champions initiative was a way of supporting people across every city, town and village where the company works.

He said: “Midlothian Association of Play offers a fantastic service for the community. We were delighted to be able to contribute to its latest project, helping to make a positive difference to the lives of children living on the Woodburn Estate.”

Persimmon Homes South East Community Champions fund has £2000 each month to share between two worthy causes to match their fundraising activities.

Jim added: “Persimmon Homes East Scotland has had a fantastic response to its Community Champions scheme and it is always a difficult choice to pick from so many worthy causes.

“If people were unsuccessful last month, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and apply again.”

Persimmon Homes East Scotland is currently marketing a range of new homes in Midlothian at Dewar Park in Gorebridge and nearby at The Willows development off The Wisp in Edinburgh.

To find out more about the homes available or to nominate a Community Champion people can visit www.persimmonhomes.com