Something more than child’s play

Children enjoy some of the activities supported by the Midlothian Association of Play
Children enjoy some of the activities supported by the Midlothian Association of Play

Midlothian Association of Play (MAP) is a local children’s charity (Registered Charity no. SC025474), writes development manager Susan McIntyre.

We’ve been on the go since 1996 and our focus is on ensuring children can play in their local communities. Lots of play makes for a great childhood and also improves children’s life chances because it promotes their health, wellbeing and development. We work to improve and increase the play services available in Midlothian.

One of the ways we do this is by running play sessions. We hold playschemes for children aged five to 12 during the Easter and summer holidays in Dalkeith, Mayfield and Gorebridge. At each session, we provide a wide range of resources for play, such as dressing-up clothes, musical instruments, arts and crafts, games and sand and water play. We also provide a healthy snack, while staff and volunteer playworkers are on hand to help the children. The dates and venues can be found at www.map-midlothian.org.uk

We also run Out2Play, currently in Dalkeith but we aim to expand to other parts of Midlothian. Out2Play supports children and young people, through weekly drop-in outdoor play sessions, to take part in a variety of exciting play opportunities such as den-building, junk obstacle courses and active games. Sessions take place in local public space, encouraging children to play out close to home. This reduces safety concerns around playing out and builds positive connections in the community. Out2Play is for children aged five and above. Under-fives can attend accompanied by an adult.

If you use our services, or care as much about children being able to play as we do, there are lots of ways you can help us to make Midlothian a great place for children to grow up. As a charity, we partly rely on donations from the public and we gratefully receive all donations large or small. You can donate at www.localgiving.org/charity/midlothianplay. We’re always keen to hear from people interested in volunteering, whether in playwork, admin or fundraising.

If you’d like to find out more about what we do just get in touch.

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