January news for corporate partners

Welcome to our January newsletter. We sincerely hope you enjoyed a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year break. So many of our corporate partners made Christmas that bit more special for the families we support with your extremely generous donations in November and December.

For the first time ever, we were able to provide the families of every single child we support with a gift voucher to buy something special, or just to make sure they could have a Christmas dinner on the table. Thank you so much. As we look ahead, we know the impact of ongoing restrictions means our services will be needed more urgently than ever by families in Scotland this year.

We look forward to working together in 2021 to make sure children across Scotland are safe and supported. 

This month’s blog post will show how your generosity impacted one family at Christmas, how we plan to support people through another national lockdown, and how you can bring your teams together this year:

  • Christmas giving recap
  • Supporting families through national lockdown
  • Personal or team challenges for 2021

Christmas Giving Recap

When one mum, Jen (not her real name), called our national helpline Parentline in December, Christmas was looking very tough for her family. Jen has been out of work suffering with mental health problems. Her partner, who had been working as a self-employed joiner on a construction project, was also recently laid off. Due to a delay in payment, they would not be receiving any benefits until January, which meant they found themselves really short and worrying that they couldn’t buy anything other than the absolute basics for their two children over Christmas.


Thanks to the generosity of our corporate partners, this family received supermarket vouchers. This meant their children could enjoy something very special this Christmas. As our Parentline Supervisor Ali said, that’s not necessarily the wee treats they would now get, “but the presence of two parents who are not so stressed by being unable to provide.”
“I spoke to Jen the day after she had received the voucher. She broke down sobbing. When she could speak, she said, ‘thank you, thank you. I can’t believe that you have been able to do this for me’.”


Supporting families through national lockdown

Our Director of Children and Family Services, Linda Jardine, outlined recently how we plan to support families and colleagues during this renewed national lockdown, “I am determined and reassured by the fact that we have come through this before, very strongly, by adhering to the rules, listening to children, families and our workforce, and responding creatively and flexibly to their changing needs.”


After so long living under restrictions, another lockdown is really tough. Children 1st Parentline is there for anyone who needs to talk about home schooling, isolation, money worries, or mental health concerns this new lockdown is causing for their children or families. Please do tell all your contacts, friends and colleagues that they can call free on 08000 28 22 33 from 9am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to noon on weekends, or visit our webpages anytime.

Personal or team challenges for 2021

January is often the time to set ourselves a new challenge. In this time of increased restrictions, it can also give us something positive to focus on. Have you spoken to your team about taking on a joint challenge for charity this year?  In our last blog post, we heard from partners who had achieved great things with virtual fundraising as a team. At Boyd Insurance, they were using fun and social activities such as quizzes and competitions to stay connected, and to take a break from the day job. Other partners, such as Dalmore Capital, used physical challenges to keep colleagues active, such as their ‘Step into Christmas’ challenge where they reached some epic heights by recording the vertical distance travelled by climbing stairs or hills, using stepping machines in the gym and cycling uphill.


If you’d like to organise your own challenge, we’re here to help answer any questions, or to discuss ideas, hints and tips. We can also help you secure spaces in organised events that are planned for this year, including the Supernova Kelpies 5k (March); Kilomathon or Virtual Kiltwalk (April); Edinburgh Marathon Festival (May) Scotland’s Kiltwalk or Glasgow Mens’ 10k (August), Scottish Half Marathon (September) and many more. Check out our website for more details.


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