‘Into the Woods’ at Evanton

Members of The Highland Council’s Play Improvement Group/Play Highland, including representatives from Care and Learning Alliance (CALA), held their latest meeting in the outdoors, at Evanton Community Wood on 7th July 2015.

Despite the inclement weather, the area was buzzing with activity and it felt great to be part of the outdoor community.



With our chair’s (Cath King) guidance we got through a packed agenda as usual, sustained by tea brewed on the log burning stove, and ginger biscuits!



Included on the agenda was a presentation by Sandra MacBean, CALA’s QA Improvement Office (Out of School Clubs). Sandra shared the findings of her recent Community Asset Mapping (CAM) project which was very well received and will help to inform the group’s future strategic planning. You can find out more about CAM here.


We’d like to thank Evanton Wood Community Company for making us welcome, drying off the picnic benches, and helping us capture the moment, especially this one!


You can tell that the outdoors was having a positive effect on everyone!


Well, almost…


Also, a quick reminder that if you’re in Falcon Square in Inverness on the 1st August, please join in the den-building fun by sharing some of your #mudnmischief memories! The first #mudnmischief play event in Fort William on the 4th July was very successful with lots of interaction by children & adults alike and we’re hoping everyone in Inverness will join in on the day too. There will be lots of pictures coming soon and, of course, the memory archive will be a fantastic resource to share and build upon. You can find out more on the Play Highland website.

Janine Donald, CALA Communications & ICT Support Officer