Families have been left shocked after a popular support scheme announced it was closing due to a lack of funds.
The Child and Family Project based in Chalmers Ardler Church revealed it would close next month as it could no longer fund a project leader.
The group has been in operation for 27 years and used a range of grants to support the leader’s £24,000 a year salary, but will now close on October 5 as it no longer has the moneys to continue.
Dad-of-four Tarig Brady, 33, whose twin daughters attended one of the group’s services, said he had no idea it was struggling with funding.
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He said: “It is a major shock and it is definitely going to be a big loss to the community. Parents come from all over Dundee to use this service.
“I have four kids so I’m here almost every day and it gives parents a bit of a respite.
“The playgroup not being here anymore is going to have a massive impact on my life.”
Mum Anna Goszczynska, 37, (pictured) takes her 11-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son to the group every week.
She said: “It is a huge loss to the community. We’ve been going to the group for four years. We came in this week and someone said there was no more money to keep running.
“It is such a happy group with lots of grandparents going with kids. I hope something can be done.”
After retiring from the scheme in 2016, former project leader Christine Black said: “Funding has always been a problem and it is a really sad situation.
“It is an enormous loss because the group gives people friendships, a lifeline and parenting skills.”
Trustee Renee Fordes said: “We have had to close because the project leader has handed in her notice and there are no funds to provide another salary. We have a new minister coming in place who might have ideas.”