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1,500 to support the Countess After School Club

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For over 30 years, Countess After School Club (CASC) has provided high quality after school care, enriching children’s lives and taking a worry off parents’ minds as they work or attend higher education facilities. Situated in Bleachingfield Community Centre in Dunbar, CASC provides after school care for P1-P7 ages, and also breakfast clubs and summer clubs at the applicable times.

Their aim is to be inclusive, accepting, and promote intergenerational connections through all of their activities. Special events, lessons, and workshops can boost children’s confidence, allow them to meet new people and make new friends, or learn a valuable new skill. Community Windpower was delighted to provide over £1,500 in community benefits funding, distributed through BeGreen Dunbar, to CASC which will facilitate the next three months of planned activities and events.

Included in this list will be Christmas celebrations, including a trip to the cinema to see a festive movie, and a fun Christmas party with food and disco lights. In an effort to connect young and elderly people, CASC have also organised a Christmas sing-along at a local nursing home, enriching the lives of people living with dementia. Then, they are holding a ‘CASC Has Talent’ competition, putting their newly learned skills to use in front of parents, friends and carers. The community funding we have provided will also pay for craft stationery and baking ingredients, so that all those attending ‘CASC Has Talent’ can get stuck in and get creative.

In the New Year, the rest of our community funding will facilitate the purchasing of new toys for the after-school club, for when the weather is dark and dreary and inside activities are the only possibility. CASC believes that it is essential that children get access to a wide range of toys and educational materials. This will be followed by museum trips in Edinburgh, which will be a new experience for many of the children, and craft workshops held by ‘No 5 by the Sea’, a small business in Dunbar which sells handmade goods and crafts.

Anouska Woods, Community Coordinator at BeGreen Dunbar, said: “CASC is a wonderful charity here in Dunbar, and we are delighted to organise this support for them which will have so many positive knock-on effects for children in our local communities. With new toys, workshops, and Christmas festivities, we hope the children and carers at CASC have a fabulous next few months!”

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