Dandara plants a seed of support for Growing Families group in Loanhead

Growing Families, a volunteer-run group in Loanhead, is welcoming a generous donation from Dandara East Scotland which will allow local school pupils to develop new skills in a weekly youth group that will take place in Burghlee Park, Loanhead.

Dandara, the local housebuilder behind the new family homes at Ashgrove on St Margaret’s-Avenue donated £1000 to support Growing Families. The volunteer-run group was set up in 2012 and has played an essential role in helping to nurture the mental health of young people during the Pandemic.

Growing Families organises fun after-school activities for children and parents in the community garden, where they can get involved in ‘Muddy Mondays’ and ‘Messy Play’. As well as activities for children, the initiative offers pre and postnatal mental health support groups for new mums and also supports the Midlothian Breastfeed support group.

Dandara East Scotland is pleased to provide support to Growing Families to ensure that they can continue supporting children and parents in the local community.

Lisa Archibald, Head of Sales at Dandara, commented: “Supporting local community projects where we build new homes is very important to us. The work that Growing Families is doing within the Loanhead community is incredible and this project is one that we are happy to help with.”

Poppy Kyles, Chair of Growing Families, said: “We are proud to be able to offer a youth club for local children in Loanhead. We have only been able to offer limited sessions throughout the last year, but thanks to Dandara’s donation, we will be able to deliver regular sessions at our Loanhead site.”

For information about the activities and events offered by Growing Families visit https://www.facebook.com/ParentsandTotsMidlothian.