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West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - Mar­jorie Kerr

West Loth­ian char­ity Brox­burn Fam­ily Cen­tre has been given a fund­ing boost.

The group has been awarded fund­ing of £2500 to re­vi­talise its play­ground as part of Scot­mid Co­op­er­a­tive’s Com­mu­nity Con­nect Ini­tia­tive.

Brox­burn Fam­ily Cen­tre has sup­ported the West Loth­ian com­mu­nity for 21 years through their Range Ad­ven­ture Play­ground, which fea­tures in­door and out­door play ar­eas for chil­dren of all ages and abil­i­ties; fo­cus­ing on young peo­ple, who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

The Brox­burn Fam­ily Cen­tre’s team stage pop­u­lar events such as the free of charge drop-in play ses­sions and also set health and well­be­ing goals for chil­dren, who at­tend with the aim of giv­ing them ‘Awe­some Child­hood Ex­pe­ri­ences’ in or­der to im­prove con­fi­dence, self- es­teem, so­cial skills and phys­i­cal and men­tal health.

The Com­mu­nity Con­nect fund­ing of £ 2500 will now go to­wards es­sen­tial main­te­nance work at Brox­burn Fam­ily Cen­tre – im­prov­ing the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able to chil­dren in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Brox­burn Fam­ily Cen­tre’s Ray­mond Bran­ton said: “Win­ning this Com­mu­nity Con­nect award is ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble and this will be a real game-changer for our cen­tre. We’re ex­tremely grate­ful to all the Scot­mid mem­bers, who voted for us – it re­ally does mean a lot and this fund­ing of £2500 will go a long way to­wards help­ing us to achieve our goals. Our project is core to the wider com­mu­nity and this fund­ing is go­ing to be used for main­te­nance of our play fa­cil­ity which is very pop­u­lar and gets used by hun­dreds of young peo­ple free of charge ev­ery week.”

Scot­mid Co-op­er­a­tive pres­i­dent Harry Cair­ney said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to Brox­burn Fam­ily Cen­tre and all the Com­mu­nity Con­nect award win­ners.”

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