In 1991, the Chalmers Ardler Children and Family Project was opened and has been in operation continuously since then. This is a separate charitable trust for funding purposes, with the minister as Chair of the Trustees. The Trustees are all church members. It is open every weekday morning and is run by two paid staff, a Project Leader and Project Worker, the latter post being shared between two individuals. It has been funded by various charities, in particular Children in Need, and its prime purpose is to provide a safe place for parents/carers and pre-school children to enjoy playing and experiencing new things together. The adults form friendships and support one another, and the staff are always available to chat about any issues.
The programme is very varied with play, stories, singing, crafts and outings to, for example, the local library, soft play, local parks and, at Christmas, a pantomime. There is input from outside agencies such as a Play Bus, a “singing lady” and health professionals who provide advice on such things as first aid and healthy eating. A snack is served every morning.
There is no charge for the Project but there may be a charge for some of the special events such as the visit to the pantomime.
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