The non-profit organisation, Bute Tiddlers – entertaining, playing with and engaging tinies – has been awarded £9991 by the Communities and Families Fund, whose three year funding pot of £6 million is made up of £4.5 million from the Scottish Government and £1.5 million from the Big Lottery Fund.
Awarding between £250 and £10,000 the fund is targeted on improving early learning, health and wellbeing for the under eights.
Sessions are twice weekly – Tuesdays and Fridays, between 10.00 and 12.00.
There’s a lot of physical play, with a pair of hilarious puppets, deliciously named ‘Sage’ and ‘Onion’.
The funding they now have will make it possible for the Tiddlers to add a new Saturday play session for parents and under 5 year olds.
They have also promised their playfellows new equipment, including climbing frames – which are challenging fun for the older kids and more mats and crash mats ‘to jump about on’.
They’ll be turning up at more community events, with interactive storytelling and puppet shows.
Local MSP, Michael Russell, delighted at the news of the grant award, says: ‘I hope that you will join with me in congratulating Miss Nicola Jones and all involved at Port Tiddlers’.