A family community group is due to close by the end of March after funding was cut.
The Lochee Laughter Club, a weekly group for families in the local community, has had its funding revoked, which puts the club’s future in doubt.
The club was previously managed by One Parent Families Scotland, based at Grampian Gardens, but the charity has decided against re-applying for funding from the Dundee Partnership Community Regeneration Fund as it focuses on its own projects.
Chloe Headridge, 21, is one of the mums who attends the group, taking along her daughter Melissa, five, every Wednesday to the club in the Burnside Court multi’s community room.
She said: “I feel emotional just talking about it. I’m just so worried. There’s nothing for us to do without the Laughter Club because it’s not safe to just let kids play outside. It’s free to join and at the base of the multis, so easy to access for us. Some families can’t pay for these sorts of clubs, so it’s important.”
Chloe said the club has given her more than just the opportunity to keep Melissa busy as she has met family members through attending.
She added: “Melissa loves it, we even discovered cousins through the Laughter Club. We came out one day and my dad pointed out, saying: ‘That’s your cousin’.
“It’s a big confidence boost going along to the club for myself and my daughter. She was really shy before it and I don’t have a lot of friends here.”
Sharing Chloe’s disappointment, Save our High Street Lochee’s Jayne Kelly said: “I’m devastated about it. It’s important people understand the value of these groups because every community group is at risk of having their funding cut. Everyone loved it – it was a really great wee club and it’s hard to believe the funding is being pulled.
“The cuts are only going to make matters worse. I don’t know how we’ll survive as a community.”
Ann McKenzie, deputy director of the Dundee group of One Parent Families Scotland, said the organisation was looking to focus on their “core function” of one-parent families rather than families in general.
Ms McKenzie also insisted the Laughter Club had to be funded through other means because the grant from the Dundee Partnership Community Regeneration Fund did not cover the cost.
She said: “We notified local partnerships that we will not be re-applying for funding and flagged it up because we know the value of these clubs. We had been supplying more than the grants awarded and couldn’t police the people coming in to the club.
“We hope they will come up with a solution to continue.”