Getting into new routines

Today’s blog post will look at some ways to adapt to some of the more recent changes seen in Scotland, including children returning to school.

We also wanted to bring to your attention, a new Scottish Government report detailing progress against Scotland’s child poverty targets – including cutting child poverty to less than 10%. This progress report highlights how the pandemic has created the perfect storm for families living on low incomes, pulling them into hardship and plunging many into even deeper poverty, with women, particularly lone mothers, and BAME families being disproportionately impacted. It’s clear there has been an increased strain on families who were already struggling to stay afloat.

At Children 1st, practical and emotional support go hand in hand. Families tell us that being on a low income makes it harder to do things that support children and other family members emotionally. Your support helps ensure Children 1st’s Money Advice Team can work alongside Family Support Workers, communities and families to provide vital support that can make a huge difference. Thank you.

Today’s wellbeing tips will look at:

  • Returning to routine
  • Being active at home
  • Sharing stories with BROAR

Returning to routine

There’s been lots of change for families recently with the return to school or nursery, and changes in many working patterns. Children 1st Parentline has advice on how to get teenagers and children back into routines.


As always, Children 1st Parentline is available to speak to every day for support on anything that’s affecting your family, including being able to put you in touch with our Money Advice workers if you’re concerned about finances.



Being active at home

Many of us will now have spent months working from home, sitting for long periods at desks, tables, or on our beds! Especially for those of us no longer also running after home-schooling children all day, it’s important for our physical and mental health to try and incorporate some activity into our day.


Just a short break from sitting makes a difference, according to the World Health Organisation. Three or four minutes of light intensity movement, such as walking or stretching, helps to improve circulation and muscle activity. Plus, regular physical activity can help to lift overall mood and provide structure to days spent at home. They’ve got five tips for being active at home. We particularly like the mood boosting ‘dance to music’!



Sharing stories with BROAR

It’s human nature to share stories, it’s how we learn about the world around us. If you want to hear about the adventures of three brothers who rowed together across the Atlantic, join us for an (Online) Evening with BROAR on 10th September. The Maclean brothers have supported Children 1st during their adventure and are now ready to tell us all about their record-breaking efforts. Plagued by sea sickness, battery issues and terrible weather, they made it to Antigua in one piece with bagpipes blaring!  Participants in this online event can also join in a whisky tasting with world renowned expert Charlie Maclean – and will receive their samples in the post!




'Cracking Campaign' nominated at the SCVO Scottish Charity Awards

Thanks to many years of hard work from colleagues across the sector, Scotland recently became the first country in the UK to ban physical punishment. In recognition of this success, Children 1st have been nominated, in partnership with Barnardos Scotland and NSPCC Scotland, for our work to get children in Scotland equal protection from assault.

While the judges will decide if we receive this award, you can vote for us to win this year's People's Choice. Just head to our page on the SCVO website and cast your vote. Online voting closes on Friday 4 September at 5pm.



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