The people of Dundee have sprung into action following a devastating fire which ripped through a much-loved community facility.
Flames engulfed the Mill O’ Mains Community Pavilion on Sunday night, bringing emergency services rushing to the scene.
Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) held a joint investigation into the blaze on Monday afternoon.
Community members and volunteers insist the facility has been the target of fire-starters in the past. Volunteers added that gates surrounding the building were locked before the fire.
Local businesses and people have provided food and products to projects whose materials were destroyed by the blaze.
Ruby Young, community champion for Tesco at Kingsway West, who helped organise donations, said: “It is my job to go out into the community and help with whatever I can, so when I heard about the appeal I immediately started asking around for things to donate.
“We’ve got food, juice, sun lotion, even nappies and some money.
“I hope that this will help the kids. We’ve also put out an appeal on our Facebook page for people to donate board games. This can be done by just dropping off the games in-store.
“It’s all about the kids, who have unfortunately lost their community centre.”
Despite the goodwill, the future of the Dundee City Council-owned property remains unclear.
Yvonne Mullen, a volunteer with the Dundee Bairns Fun and Food Programme, who provide meals to children, admitted she did not know what the future held for the facility.
She said: “This was the heart of the community and used by all ages across generations — teenagers, children, pensioners, dog clubs.
“It gave kids a safe place to play. I don’t know (what the future holds for the centre), it depends on Dundee City Council.
“I’ve lived here 30-odd years and fire raising hasn’t always been an issue. It’s just recent.”
David Dorward, who started the Fun and Food Programme, revealed Mill O’ Mains Primary School will host the charity’s breakfast and lunch clubs for the rest of the summer break.
Mr Dorward added that he believes “resolute” local volunteers will source suitable alternative accommodation going forwards if necessary.
Dundee City Council deputy leader Willie Sawers said the administration will work with the community to minimise disruption to clubs.
Mr Sawers added the council is already looking for alternative locations to host the impacted community clubs.
A number of playgroups and breakfast and lunch clubs were based at the pavilion.
To donate items, get in touch with Laura Crowe on 07543 669047.