Every Wednesday Parentline host an under school age activity at Ainslie called Paint and Play. Today was the last Paint and Play EVER because the Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher and Minister Joy Burch, MLA are threatening the future of Parentline’s services – predominantly a discreet helpline for parents, which includes referrals to local services. Paint and Play is run on the smell of an oily rag mostly because staff largely volunteer their time by getting all the craft activities and toys ready in their own time. It is the most wonderful service for parents with young children and it’s completely free (though gold coin donations are gladly received).
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KKnooks, concerned parent
Dear Joy and Katy
I was very disappointed to hear that Parentline’s future is in jeopardy. Parentline has provided this community with invaluable support for decades. Having a local service that is so well connected with the community keeps it top of mind when one faces difficult times.
Parentline also run the popular ‘Paint and Play’ activity, held in Ainslie every Wednesday morning.
The connection with the community that Paint and Play provides to families with young children is priceless and provides enjoyment and satisfaction for upwards of 100 mums/dads/grandparents and bubs every week. Those Parentline and YMCA staff that run the event do most of the preparation in their own time and it runs on the smell of an oily rag because of their organisation and dedication.
Losing this service would be an enormous loss to the community and it would in my mind be a black mark against the Labour government.