LANGHOLM Playcare has once again been chosen for the annual participatory budgeting programme run by Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Playcare’s project is Working our Way out of Isolation Poverty and is seeking funding of £13,176 to employ a development worker.
Public voting runs until 11.59pm on Friday, April 30. If anyone would like to vote for Playcare, they can go to https://DGA.COMMUNITYCHOICES.SCOT/
Playcare offers full-day care to meet the childcare needs of families in the community and surrounding rural area.
The development worker will restart and develop the Parent and Child groups (within restrictions) to help parents recover from the impact of isolation because of the coronavirus.
These groups, Read, Play Sing (rhyme); Baby Massage and Baby Yoga and Sensory will be delivered on a different basis than previously because of the impact of COVID-19.
By holding these groups more often each week, with fewer parents and children attending at one time, the staff member can interact more fully with both parents and children and give support.
A spokesperson said: “We also intend offering four hours a week to allow the staff member a 1-1 basis availability for parents to talk by phone, face to face, online or parental choice so they can ask questions, ease worries and concerns and allow trust to build up, raising parental self-confidence and self-worth.
Families will enjoy the support, friendship, social interaction and seeing their children develop.
Parents will grow in confidence and gain more parental skills. Parents will enjoy playing with their child and understand the importance of play.