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Dundee Science Centre Welcomes Breastfeeding Mothers

Published: 9.48am,

Dundee Science Centre has been awarded a special accreditation for its commitment to breastfeeding mothers.

The centre, which will shortly commence a major refurbishment of its ground floor to improve accessibility, welcomed 10 local mums today to celebrate their new Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland sticker from Dundee Breast Buddies.

Andrea Campomanes, Interpretation Manager at Dundee Science Centre said, "Inviting currently under-served audiences to take an active role in the design and redevelopment of Dundee Science Centre is core to our plans of becoming a safe, welcoming and accessible place for all. Everybody has the right to enjoy science and to experience the benefits of becoming a more confident and informed individual, and we are working hard to ensure that the new centre overcomes the challenges and social barriers that have been built since we opened in 2000. The invaluable support of Dundee Breast Buddies will provide us with the knowledge to adapt our facilities for the many people who deserve this change."

Fiona Stewart of Dundee Breast Buddies added, "Home-Start Dundee Breast Buddies Support groups were delighted to have been invited to assess the accessibility of the space within Dundee Science Centre for breastfeeding mothers and to play an active part in the future design of the centre with breastfeeding in mind. It is so important for local businesses and premises to recognise that they have a responsibility to ensure that the facilities they provide are tailored to meet the needs of breastfeeding mothers and their families/support network. We live on a culture that does not promote or protect breastfeeding so it is refreshing that Dundee Science Centre is making efforts to ensure their facilities meet the needs of the people who will be using it."

The £2.1M revamp will see the ground floor developed into a custom-built hub with improved scope for events, talks and workshops celebrating community work, as well as a new welcome area, under 7's exhibition area, sensory zone and new exhibition space.

A pioneering network of various assisted needs groups is shaping the future of the visitor attraction, brought together by Tutti LED (Learn, Enable, Design) by Advocating Together and comprises charities representing the needs of people with learning, physical, complex, profound and multiple disabilities, autism, hearing and visual impairments, mental health and sensory challenges.

The refurb, due to be unveiled in Spring 2021, is funded with £1.45M support from the Inspiring Science Fund, a collaborative initiative between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, UK Research and Innovation and Wellcome.

For more information, telephone (01382) 228800 or email staff@dundeesciencecentre.org.uk.

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