Playgroup Builds for the Future

When Arniston Playgroup in Gorebridge was looking to renew its outdated play resources, the not-for-profit group looked to Cameron Toll’s Community Fund for help.  Now, thanks to a £500 funding award, the group has purchased a selection of specialist construction play items that are vital for it to continue to provide a stable, early childcare experience for the community’s most vulnerable children.

Commenting on the award, Cassie Brennan, Manager at Arniston Playgroup, said: “This award from Cameron Toll is fantastic news for the group and the children we work with.  Construction play in the early years is a proven way to make a difference to the way children think and complete tasks.

“As a result of the funding we have now purchased a selection of items, including hollow building blocks, smaller building resources for block play and some specifically designed construction resources for sensory needs.  The new equipment will ensure the children do not miss out on important learning opportunities including problem solving, development of language, numeracy and motor skills.”

Claire Jefcoate, Centre Manager at Cameron Toll, added: “When we heard about the fantastic work Cassie and the team at Arniston Playgroup were doing, we started to look at ways we could help to support the group.  The type of specialist play offered by Arniston is hugely beneficial to early years development and I am delighted that we were able to provide funding from the Cameron Toll Community Fund to help develop the playgroup’s construction play areas.”

Set up in 1978, Arniston Playgroup caters for 35 children in the Gorebridge area and works in partnership with the Council to provide a high-quality play environment that meets each child’s and their family’s individual needs.  More information on the group can be found at

Groups and organisations interested in making an application to the Cameron Toll Shopping Centre Community Fund should visit to download an application form.