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Bursary is child's play for Ross and Liddell

INVERCLYDE Women’s Aid will be able to develop a children’s play area thanks to funding from a West of Scotland property management company. 

Ross and Liddell has provided the organisation with funding from its Community Bursary Programme, which will allow it to install outdoor play equipment in an unused part of the garden. 

The group started in 1988 by two local women who wanted to support women and children affected by domestic abuse and currently support around 400 women and 80 children and young people every year. 

As well as offering daycentre support, refuge accommodation, outreach services and one to one and group work, Inverclyde Women’s Aid also provides training and awareness raising sessions within the local community. 

Jacquie McNeill, children and young people support worker at Inverclyde Women’s Aid, said: “We are thrilled to be awarded funding from Ross and Liddell’s Community Bursary Programme. 

“We have been keen to install a play area in our facility for some time and this support will allow us to improve and enhance the garden area. 

“Encouraging young people to participate in outdoor activities provides many great advantages to their health and wellbeing as well as increasing their confidence and social skills.” 

Inverclyde Women’s Aid has enlisted the help of Caledonia Play to help find the perfect set-up for the children and young people who use the facility. The company designs, manufactures and installs wooden play equipment for gardens, schools and playgrounds. 

Jamie Bruce Jones, founder of Caledonia Play, said: “We are very happy to work with groups such as Inverclyde Women’s Aid that support families, encouraging children of all ages to spend time outdoors and providing the resources for enjoying active play.”

Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance.

Irene Devenny, managing director at Ross and Liddell, said: “Inverclyde Women’s Aid plays a vital role in the local community and we are thrilled to support their work to improve and enhance its facility which is a lifeline for many families. 

“The funding for a new play area will transform part of the garden which is not currently used and I’m sure hours of fun will be had by all the children and young people once the new equipment is installed.” 

The Bursary Programme is now in its third year and was launched to provide support to organisations that are making a difference in their community. 

The initiative has attracted a significant number of applications from a wide range of community groups and charities across the country.