February news for corporate partners

Welcome to our February newsletter. We hope you and your family are keeping well in this second, wintery lockdown.

The recent snowfall brought a welcome bit of magic and wonder. We hope that, like our team, you are able get outdoors for a short break during your working day. We can take comfort in the daylight hours (slowly) increasing!

As we move into spring, many of our partners are looking for opportunities for their staff to connect virtually outside of work, for social events or sporting challenges. This month’s blog is jam-packed with these kinds of opportunities – from our whisky and gin tasting events, to the BIG Fitbaw Challenge and the Great Scottish Run, we invite you to jump in and get involved.

We are proud to showcase the work of young entrepreneurs taking part in our Dragons Glen Junior challenge. We are also inviting parents and carers to take part in our national survey about what support their children will need for the return to school. Parents, carers and anyone helping to raise a child at this time: we salute you!

  • Young entrepreneurs get creative to raise funds for Children 1st
  • Parent and carer survey on schools reopening
  • Spring 2021 social events and active challenges

Young entrepreneurs get creative to raise funds for Children 1st

Last September we launched Dragons Glen Junior – a special young people’s version of our Dragons Glen entrepreneurial challenge for businesses. We are supporting any young person aged 11-16 who has a business idea. They receive £50 seed funding, training, and ongoing support over eight weeks at any time throughout the year. Since launching this challenge we have been amazed by the creativity and enthusiasm of the young people who have taken part.

Dragons Glen Junior was inspired by Robyn, a young entrepreneur who started a tie-dye business called Sunshine and Rainbows, to raise funds for Children 1st. Robyn explains: “During lockdown I started doing tie-dye, and I got really good at it. So I asked my mum if I could make it into a business, and I wanted to give some of the money to a charity that helps kids.” Robyn raised an incredible £1500 for Children 1st!

Lucy, from Glasgow, is a recent Dragons Glen Junior participant. She set up a company called ‘Peachy Gifts’ with friends Nina and Sophie, selling themed gift packs to friends, family and through social media. The financially savvy trio have reinvested the money made from the first round of sales into buying new stock. Lucy’s dad Gary reflected: “It’s great to see the girls apply the things they’re learning in school, especially with the financial side. They’ve spent lots of time working out all the maths behind their business and they are learning a lot as they go.”

If you know a young person who might like to get involved in Dragons Glen Junior, find out more on our webpage or get in touch with Mairead at mairead.macleod@children1st.org.uk

Parent and carer survey on schools reopening

It’s so important that our work is led by the voices of children and families. Children and their families are telling us that they are finding this second lockdown harder and that more children and young people are in real distress.

The First Minister has now announced a gradual return to schools from the end of February. We want to hear from parents and carers about what emotional and practical support their children will need when they return to school. If you have school-age children please take a few minutes to fill in our short national survey.

The more families we hear from the better, so please share this with friends and family you think will be interested: bit.ly/children1stsurvey

Every child has felt the impact of this terrible pandemic and we are calling on the Scottish Government and the Scottish education sector to put children and young people’s wellbeing at the heart of Covid recovery.

And if you're feeling like you're at the end of your tether, Children 1st Parentline is here for you and your family. We can give you emotional, financial and practical advice over the phone and online. Call free on 08000 28 22 33 or take a look at our advice and start a webchat.

Spring 2021 social events and active challenges

Our calendar for the next few months is buzzing with social events and active challenges for all ages and abilities. Take a look at the opportunities below, and please get in touch if you, or you and your team, would like to get involved.

  • Mother’s Day Virtual Distillery Tour and Gin Tasting Event
    Sunday 14 March 2021 at 2.30pm - £29.95
    Buy your tickets on Eventbrite - ticket sales close at 4pm on Monday 2 March

    Children 1st has teamed up with Stirling Distillery to offer a fun, interactive event that allows mothers and grown-up children to come together and celebrate Mother’s Day virtually. Join us on Zoom for a live, interactive tour and guided tasting with the co-founder of Stirling Distillery, Cameron McCann. Each participant will receive a Mother’s Day Gin Tasting Pack sent in advance, including 4 x gin miniatures, 2 x bottles of tonic, garnishes, and a cocktail recipe book.
  • Whisky Tasting with Charlie MacLean
    Thursday 25 March, 6.30pm - £29.95
    Buy your tickets on Eventbrite – ticket sales close at 4pm on Sunday 14 March

    Join us on Zoom for an evening with Scotland’s leading whisky expert, Charlie MacLean, and his three record-breaking sons. The MacLean Brothers will talk about their incredible 3000 mile row across the Atlantic. You will then be treated to a fantastic whisky tasting experience led by Charlie MacLean, who'll explain the distinct differences in whisky flavour and consistency. Each participant will receive a bespoke Whisky Tasting Pack sent in advance.
  • Virtual Kiltwalk – 23rd to 25th April

    The Virtual Kiltwalk invites you to take part in any socially distanced active challenge that you wish, all over one weekend. The incredible thing about the Kiltwalk is that they top up any donation by 50% – so for every £100 you raise, £150 goes straight to Children 1st. And there are a few surprises in store for virtual participants this year! Get in touch today for a free charity place for you or your staff team.
  • Edinburgh Marathon Festival – 29th to 30th May

    An unforgettable running experience and a major event in the Scottish sporting calendar. The award-winning Edinburgh Marathon Festival offers nine races across two days, including the full and half marathons, a team relay race, 10k and 5k distances as well as distances for the junior runners – there really is something for everyone. Get in touch today for a free charity place.
  • Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run – Sunday 3rd October

    Be part of Scotland’s biggest weekend of running in Glasgow this autumn. You can choose to get the whole staff team involved or take on a running challenge for yourself and beat that personal best! The Great Scottish Run always sells out, and by signing up for a Children 1st charity spot you’re guaranteed a place and the opportunity to raise essential funds for a cause you care about.

    For more information or to chat about joining #TeamChildren1st for this event please call our Community Fundraising Team on 0345 10 80 111 or email fundraising@children1st.org.uk
    We also have limited places available for the London Marathon, also on Sunday 3rd October.


Thank you for your continued support. We hope these blog posts continue to be of interest for you and your teams. Please do share them with your networks and let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see in a future post.

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Take care and stay safe,

Team Children 1st