Our Families Connect programme empowers parents to create a supportive home environment, so that children can achieve their full potential at school and in life.
We are currently supported by the Scottish Government to deliver Families Connect as the outreach arm of its Read Write Count programme. Read Write Count encourages parents and families to include reading, writing and counting in their everyday activities, such as walking around the supermarket or travelling home from school. Families Connect complements the government-led social marketing campaign, and the book gifting delivered by Scottish Book Trust, providing additional resources and support for families.
Families Connect has been delivered in Scotland since summer 2016, when it ran in 6 schools across the country. With support also from the Big Lottery Fund, the programme has been rolled out to 13 local authority areas and feedback to date has been overwhelmingly positive:
· 92% of parents said Families Connect has changed what they do with their child at home
· 69% of parents said Families Connect changed the behaviour of other family members at home
· 97% said that they would recommend Families Connect, and 65% said that they had recommended Families Connect already.
“Families Connect has really helped me understand my child's learning and made me think about my parenting skills and make positive changes at home, which have helped the whole family.” - Parent
These numbers reflect similar findings in UK-wide evaluations, which have consistently shown a positive impact on the emotional wellbeing and behaviour of both children and parents. Evaluations have also shown that parents who participate in Families Connect grow in confidence and spend more time engaging with their children and supporting their learning.