Local charity Play Midlothian celebrate Playday 2022

Thursday August 4th 2022


Minecraft activity at Gorebridge Beacon.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Local charity Play Midlothian celebrated Playday 2022, the national day for play, on Wednesday 3rd August at Gorebridge Beacon.

Play Midlothian welcomed over 150 children and families to “Come and enjoy play!” The Play Midlothian team delivered sessions for children from 0-12 years with a focus on imaginative play including a bear hunt in The Beacon community garden and outdoor Minecraft activities for the older children.

Play Midlothian Operations Manager, Denise McKenzie, said:

“It’s fantastic to see so many people from the local community coming together to have fun! Following the challenges children and young people have faced over the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, play is more important than ever.

“Play is essential for children and young people’s physical and mental health, it allows children and young people to make friends, develop relationships, and have fun together. Events like this help young people to feel connected to their communities, leading to happier communities for all!”

Councillor Ellen Scott attended on the day and commented:

“Play is a great way for our youngest folk to stretch their imagination and interact with an exciting new world – made even more fun when it involves families and friends.”

Play Midlothian deliver several free services across Midlothian, including Play in Mind; woodland-based sessions which provide extra support and respite to children with emerging mental health issues. Stay for Play, which engages families with babies in developmentally beneficial play. Play for All, a service for children and families where disabilities impact play. Out2Play, an open access play session which run weekly in Dalkeith, Gorebridge and Mayfield for children between the ages of 5-12 years.

For more information, please visit www.playmidlothian.org.uk or email denise@playmidlothian.org.uk.

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