Health, disability & well-being

Funding level: Up to £1,000


Cambusbarron Playgroup is a voluntary playgroup, run by a volunteer management committee. We employ a Lead Practitioner, a Practitioner and an Admin Assistant/Relief Practitioner. We encourage parental involvement in a child's learning experience. We promote learning through play, in a safe, secure and happy environment, led by qualified professionals. The age range of the children is 2 years 9 months - 5 years. We have a strong community and family feel, filling the transitional gap between Toddler and Nursery/Primary School.
Situated in the village of Cambusbarron, predominately most of the children who attend are from the village. However, as we are on the outskirts of Stirling, we have had many children form the surrounding rural areas of Stirling, and closer areas such as Torbrex, St Ninians & Braehead.
We rent a wonderful room for our playgroup in the Community Centre. The room is bright, modern & has access to a games hall which we frequently use. However, pre-schoolers love to play outside come rain or shine. The Community Centre has a good sized secure garden, but on the downside it is completely paved, lacking in fauna and has an old rusty (and leaking) shed in its grounds.
Learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities of physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of wellbeing. Outdoor play also supports children’s problem solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness. All children need an outdoor environment that can provide them with space, and places to explore, experiment, discover, be active and healthy, and to develop their physical capabilities.
The one thing that we are in desperate need for and would greatly benefit our playgroup would be a sturdy watertight shed. As mentioned above, our current shed is leaking. As a result we have occurred damage to our outdoor play equipment as we use the shed to store our toys when the playgroup session is over.
Although the children love to run freely in the garden, they also enjoy structured learning. Throughout the year we talk about healthy eating, and where foods come from. As the garden is a concrete jungle it is impossible to successfully grow any fauna or vegetation from the ground itself. We would love to be able to plant flowers and vegetables with the children. After all children are natural gardeners as they are curious, they like to learn by doing, and more importantly they love to play in the dirt. With a few wooden planters and some basic gardening equipment we would be able to plant, grow, and enjoy many harvests from; sunflowers, carrots, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, leeks, radishes, snow peas and pumpkins to name a few. Gardening gives children a chance to learn an important life skill, as well as teaching environment awareness by exploring the workings of nature.
A new shed would provide the playgroup with a dry and secure place to store outdoor equipment. The introduction of a bright and colourful vegetable/flower area would brighten up the garden and would be enjoyed by the entire community. These changes would not only be aesthetically pleasing, they would provide an opportunity to attract more applications for places, to ensure our continuation in the future.
If we were successful in obtaining a grant of £1,000, we would use £400 to pay for a sturdy shed, £300 to purchase planters, soil, bulbs and seeds, and £300 to replace our much loved outdoor toys that were damaged.


Moment of Pride

Cambusbarron Playgroup has been operating for more than 30 years, over 400 children have 'learned through play' in their transition from Toddler to Nursery/School. We are a loved and important community organisation run by volunteers, employing excellent staff and providing a fantastic service.

Location: Cambusbarron