PLANS for a facility to help parents and children in Kincardine have been given a significant boost thanks to a donation from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT).

As reported in last week's Advertiser, Playpen Café was launched two years ago by Alexandra Ostroumoff-Croucher to allow children to socialise with their peers from a young age.

The café also runs toddler and baby classes, as well as offer mental health and wellbeing support programmes for parents which will run sessions on childcare such as breastfeeding support and child nutrition.

A grant of £5,000 has been awarded to the café by the CRT and will be used to refurbish premises which have been identified by the trust, as well as pay towards the set-up and running of the café.

Alexandra said: "We are really grateful to CRT for awarding us the £5,000 grant that will make it possible to create a permanent home in Kincardine for the Playpen Café.

"Our service provides much-needed support for parents, carers and children in the area."

Playpen ran a pilot of pop-ups in different locations last year offering family events, parental support classes, after school clubs, evening programmes and play facilities for young children.

The success of the pilot has led to the planned development of the programme in permanent premises in Kincardine which will house games areas, a sensory room and a variety of toys to encourage children's development.

The site will also have a commercial kitchen, which Alexandra has said will be open to the whole community.

Nicky Wilson, a CRT Scotland trustee, said: "We're delighted to support the Playpen Café.

"The pilot pop-ups it ran last year demonstrated the need for such a service for children and carers in Kincardine."