A. "I enjoy it". My passion is to build community especially in my neighbourhood. This project could be an ideal way to draw parents together to collaborate on a project that will benefit our children.
I like designing things, making broken things work, making something from nothing. Like the Bonnyrigg community willow bed. That's why I’m a permaculture designer.
When I heard Bonnyrigg Leisure centre was scheduled for demolition, my heart sank at the thought of wasting a decent building. Ok, it needs 21k of gutter repairs and a makeover. But compared to what its worth to the community as an indoor play area, its a price worth paying.
So as a designer I found myself dreaming about what could be done. The more I dreamt, the more it gripped me. I saw how much good it could do for parents and young children. Actually, it could do so much good for me and my family.
This could be a place where many peoples dreams could be fulfilled. A place where parents could have their own needs met for friendship and peace. It could work because we are doing it for our own families and community.
When I put my business hat on and looked at the rough figures, they stacked up! There was even a potential surplus.
So my wife and I decided to pause our business plans. To see if there were other people who would take part in making this a parents club (charity). A place of collaboration and cooperation. Designed to make the life of parents and 0-7yr olds even better.
Why am I doing this? It gives me joy and I need community.