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Wester Hailes New ‘Baby Studio’ Opens to Families

One of the Scottish units we’ve procured – a space in Westside Plaza, Wester Hailes – is currently being occupied by arts and early years organisation, Starcatchers.

Their mission is simple – to inspire young children by including them in live performances and creative experiences that fulfill their right to access a rich arts and cultural life no matter where they live or their background.

Celebrating their 17th year in operation, Starcatchers frequently run pop-up events throughout Wester Hailes in partnership with other similar organisations, and have since begun hosting ‘Starcatchers Saturdays’ sessions that aim to bring local families in the community together.

Artists Kerry Cleland and Katy Wilson of Starcatchers noticed that one of the central meeting points for the local community was Westside Plaza and so, as a result of some creative thinking, the idea of a dedicated baby studio space was born.

Katy and Kerry had this to say:

“We wanted to create a play space, where people can come to connect, to have a good time together, to feel inspired, relaxed and cared for – we will create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere led by the creative interests of those who use it. The space will change all the time – it will transform and bring energy and ideas.”

Through the help of Hammond Associates and Outer Spaces, Starcatchers were able to transform a once empty retail unit in Westside Plaza into the welcoming Baby Studio that it is today, a central point for families to come and enjoy free creative play activities together with their little ones.

Starcatchers’ Chief Executive, Rhona, said:

The creation of our new baby Studio in the heart of the Wester Hailes community means we can get to know local families better and explore what they really need. We’re delighted to keep building our relationship with the local community and bring creative experiences to families and their babies in and around Wester Hailes.”

The Starcatchers Baby Studio is located on the ground floor of Westside Plaza, opposite the dental practice, and at the back of the centre by the escalator.

‘Starcatchers Saturdays’, their free creative play sessions for families with children from 0-5 years, is currently running at the space. Watch out for more creative events popping up soon, they can’t wait to welcome more families!

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