Children have the chance to explore a brand new village after a play centre opened up at the St James’ House in Paisley.
The new play area – Sunshine City – was built by the Hillhead charity to help create an area for children to play in while parents have a coffee and lunch at a coffee shop called Fox’s Deli.
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Graham Fox, who works at the charity and helped build the children’s play village, said the room was lying empty and the project offered a good chance to put it to use.
He said: “The room that was next door to the cafe was an empty shell and wasn’t getting used for anything so we thought it would be a good chance to create something.
“The prices for parents to take their children to soft play areas can be expensive, so we wanted to have something that was affordable for people to attend.
“The work that the staff put into has been amazing and they have worked very hard on creating the play village for the children.”
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The charity, which is based in the St James’ House buildings, aims to provide support to families and children. They also support local groups who are in need of this to ensure they can keep providing their services to the local communities in Renfrewshire and Scotland.
All the money that is raised between the cafe and the play area goes to the Hillhead charity to help families that are in need of support.
The charity put in the bulk of the work to make it as exciting and fun for children as possible but Graham paid a huge compliment to other organisations that helped by donating toys, equipment and tools to help put it together.
He added: “I was amazed by the support we received from the other charities and the support that they have given us.
“The work that the team did here was fantastic and we really did work hard to make it the best it possibly could be.
“The way the community came together to help out too was fantastic and it shows that everyone looks out for one another. We look at this as giving back to the community in our way of providing an affordable fun area for kids to use if the parents want to have a quick coffee.
“The feedback we have got given in week one has been out of this world. Parents have really enjoyed bringing their kids and it is something I hope many more enjoy.”
The new play area is priced at £4 a child and will initially hold two sessions for people to attend from Monday to Friday. The morning session’s hours are from 9:30am until 11:00am and the afternoon sessions are from 1pm until 2:30pm with up to 15 slots available at each session.
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