Just Play! Scheme to be extended

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An ARBROATH-based project supporting some of the area’s youngest children looks set to be extended.

The ‘Just Play’ project is a three year pilot partnership lead jointly by Angus Council and Tayside Police.

The initiative received funding of £350,000 from the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme – which uses funds recovered from the proceeds of crime – and operates from premises in the town.

The project has a major emphasis on play activity for children up to three years-old and targets families and young children who live in deprived or vulnerable situations.

The project encourages families to focus on purposeful play activities in the early years, which have been proven to reduce the likelihood of young people becoming involved in antisocial behaving and offending later in life.

The service has been operational in Arbroath since January, and plans are now in place to develop it in other areas of Angus including Forfar, Kirriemuir, Brechin and Montrose.

To share experiences and contribute to the development of the initiative across Angus, children’s services staff from the public, private and voluntary sector met in Brechin last Wednesday.

It is hoped the event enhanced joint working in this area.