Through our Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! programme, we help families living in poverty by providing essential items that support children’s development.
By offering items such as a bed, a cooker, or toys and books, our programme reduces the family stress associated with living on a low income and contributes to better emotional wellbeing and early learning in the home.
Since the programme began, we have awarded grants to more than 6000 families in Scotland.
Stronger Communities is a new initiative in two areas in Scotland. It’s led by Save the Children in partnership with other children’s charities.
We aim to bring the people who live and work in the areas together to problem solve at a community level. This involves identifying issues, generating solutions and then implementing them together.
We introduced Families and Schools Together (FAST) to schools in Scotland in 2010. The award winning, early-intervention programme brings parents, children, schools and the wider community together to support children’s learning. We’ve run FAST with over a thousand children from schools across central Scotland. You can read more about the impact of FAST here.
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.