Supporting young children

A PROJECT that supports some of the youngest children in Angus looks set to be extended to Montrose.

The Just Play project is a three-year pilot partnership, led 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 currently from premises in Arbroath.

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.