Fintry residents enjoy our family-friendly Beltane event
Fintry families turned out for a taste of local Celtic tradition in the form of our family-friendly Beltane event. Although Beltane is traditionally held on 1st May, we were forgiven for being somewhat late in celebrating the start of summer.
17 parents and 32 children enjoyed an outdoor picnic then decked themselves up in bearskins, bronze jewellery and Pictish headbands with swords at the ready. With faces painted they did battle in the form of a family tug-of-war, queued up to fire jump and did a spot of maypole dancing before settling down for a traditional Scottish story. We finished the event with seed scattering and a face-to-face evaluation, where our next monthly event was explained.
All had a great time judging by their response and we learned that the families return to these events because they are in the evening, they are local, and they have no costs.
‘The science bit’
Making the most of our experience in community development, our Dundee Community Family Support Project have been successful in reflecting local patterns of need (our target audience are local working parents in Fintry, where one third head up a family alone) and utilising recognisable community assets (the revival of interest in Scottish culture that the recent referendum and the general election and the local voting pattern suggests) to create a successful final event in our trial series of monthly family evening sessions.
Towards the future
For parents the success lies in the friends they have made and the family bonding that has grown over the past five months and we have invited them back at tea time on the 19th June for a family meal and further consultation to shape new forms of provision with them. Watch this space!