Building stronger communities
Led by Save the Children and funded by the STV Appeal, Stronger Communities aims to make changes in distinct areas to improve the lives of children in Scotland.
The project brings together local people to help identify changes that can be made to the support and services offered to local families. The work focuses on a community’s strengths and builds on what’s already in place to give local children a better start in life.
Save the Children supports Stronger Communities in areas of Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire, in partnership with Aberlour Childcare Trust, Action for Children, Barnardo’s, Children 1st and One Parent Families Scotland,
Stronger Communities give children, families and the wider community a voice in shaping the support and services that are available to them. In doing so, we create sustainable, cost-effective and meaningful change to ensure every child has the opportunities they deserve.
Our policy and campaigning work
Our policy work focuses on the action that Scottish Government and local authorities need to take to improve support for children living in poverty in Scotland.
We campaign for action to break the link between poverty and children’s outcomes. We want all young children affected by poverty to get the support they need to develop, grow and learn.
Our goal is to secure changes to early learning and childcare provision in Scotland that will maximise its potential to improve the lives of children living in poverty, and ensure all children achieve good early learning and development outcomes before starting school.
We are also campaigning for a strong, comprehensive policy and legislative framework for parental engagement, ensuring that all services working with families play their role in supporting parents to engage in their children’s learning, and that parents who would benefit from additional support are able to access it.