A kinship group has given families the opportunity to meet like-minded people at a festive party.
Kith n Kin Dundee’s choir group held the event for children and their families across the area to get together and have some fun.
The group is for children who have been raised by family members other than their parents, for a variety of reasons.
Mary Mills, 52, who looks after her two grandchildren, Jack and Madison, has been involved with the group for five years.
Mary, from Mid Craigie, said: “Some people make you feel guilty because your daughter or son can’t bring their own kids up.
“Some people are quite nasty with it.
“We try to do as much for the kids as we can.
“I just love to help out and organise things if we can to make it that bit better for the kids.
“It was a day for the grandparents to let their hair down.”
Mary added: “It happens a lot more than people think.
“I was never told there was a group you could go to with the kids where you don’t feel so isolated.
“We are trying to raise awareness that there are groups out there for people to get support if needed.
“I have found really good friends with the grans, they are in the same position.
“It’s just being able to talk about the situation and not have any guilty feelings or embarrassment.
“It’s good being able to talk and I think that is what people just need sometimes.
“It’s like an extension of a little family.”
On the day there was a DJ who provided the music for the disco/ceilidh as well as party games and a face-painter for the kids.
A buffet was also available but the youngsters were more interested in the candy cart and doughnut wall.
Brenda Lobban, a member of the group for several years, said: “I had to take on one of my grandchildren about six or seven years ago. He’s grown up but I now look after another three.
“You just do it. It’s got bad points and it has rewards.
“The group is a great help because we are all in the same boat. We have a lot of laughter and there is a lot of support for each other.”
There is one group for the children on a Tuesday and the adults meet in a separate room which allows them a little respite.
Brenda added: “It’s been great. We take the children on trips. We’ve been to Edinburgh Zoo. The kids love it.”
The group only runs during term time, however they raise funds throughout the year.
Mary said: “We try to organise trips for the kids at least once a week over the school holidays as well.
“On our biggest trip we go to Codonas in Aberdeen and we’ve had a barbecue at Camperdown.
“It means we can get the children out for the day to have some fun.”
Brenda says they are hoping to get some of the children involved in the choir, which opened the party. It was given funding from the Hogmanay Fund through the social work department.
If anyone in a kinship relationship is looking to get involved with the group they can contact Jackie Waugh on 07880 382119 or Heather Simpson on 07880 382115.