220,000 children in Scotland live in poverty – that’s nearly one in four children. Poverty affects future life chances, with children in low income households more likely to have poorer health, lower qualifications and reduced life expectancy. We’re fighting to end child poverty in Scotland so that no child is born without a chance.
Families and Schools Together (FAST) is an award winning programme which we introduced to Scottish schools in 2010.
FAST is entirely voluntary and supports parents to improve their children’s learning and development at home so they can reach their full potential at school.
The programme also leads to stronger families and communities and improved behaviour and performance at school.
So far more than 350 children from schools across West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Fife have graduated from FAST.
Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! launched at the beginning of 2012 and aims to support children under 36 months in the most desperate need, living in either Edinburgh or West Dunbartonshire.
We support families by awarding a ‘material grant’, to support a child’s basic needs such as a cooker, child's bed, or a washing machine.
We also ensure families are receiving the benefits to which they are entitled through a ‘benefits check’ and offer them the opportunity for volunteers to help them with basic DIY in their home.
Grants are awarded to families that have applied through a referral agent such as a social worker or health visitor and must be receiving certain benefits.
Our policy and campaign work
Our policy work focuses on the action that Scottish Government and local authorities need to take to keep their promises to end child poverty in Scotland.
We also carry out research to help us better understand how poverty affects children and their families. You can find a list of our briefings on the right.
Our Young Ambassadors launched the Get In campaign to address the barriers that prevent young people, aged 11 – 19 years living in poverty, accessing leisure activities. They have focussed in particular on access to swimming and the cinema.
We are campaigning for more affordable childcare for families living in poverty. We want the Scottish Government to make childcare more accessible so parents can return to work and end the cycle of poverty.
For more information about our work in Scotland, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0131 527 8200.