The Barra Children’s Centre on the Isle of Barra is to receive £5,000 from the P&G Champion Mum’s Foundation in order to refurbish the centre’s playroom and create a child friendly area within the café.
As part of the refurbishment, a door will be constructed between the café and the play room to make a family friendly space for the community. This will allow for greater community access to the playroom, which is currently used for Parent and Toddlers drop in sessions.
The project has received an overwhelming response from local community, who are more than happy to make sure that the project runs smoothly. Indeed, to meet the initial costs of the project, the island – with a population of 1,200 – raised over £26,000 to supplement funding from the local Community Council, the National Lottery and the Local Authority. The scheme continues to be run by a committee of active and committed fundraisers, whilst local Councillors Peter Carlin and Donald Manford have also offered donations from Ward funds to help complete the project.
In addition, several local companies have kindly offered to donate materials for the refurbishment. Flooring company Altro have offered to donate flooring for the playroom, café and hallway, whilst Macgillivrays of Benbecula have offered to aid with the fitting of the flooring. Barratlantic have also generously offered to help transports the goods from Glasgow.
Barra Children’s Centre was established in 1999 in order to address a need within the community for purpose built accommodation for the pre-school children of Barra and Vatersay. In addition to providing accommodation for council-run nursery provision, the Children’s Centre also provides a Parent and Toddlers facility, which is used for informal drop-in sessions and play leader led activities in Gaelic and English.