October news for corporate partners

We’ve seen a lot of changes in Scotland lately, including the recent increased restrictions. Thanks to your continued support, Children 1st is able to keep working alongside families across Scotland as they cope with coronavirus and face the future.

Our blog posts are designed to keep you updated on our work and on new opportunities to get involved. You’ll also find more in our most recent copy of Supporter’s News. Today’s blog post will look at:

  • National Money Advice Service
  • Saving Scotland’s outdoor education centres
  • Dragons Glen Junior – do you know a budding entrepreneur?

National Money Advice Service

Since March, thanks to your support, Children 1st’s Money Advice Service has helped 181 families with financial support to alleviate the impact of job losses, mounting debt and assist with access to benefits; the money accessed totalling over £303,000.

The service can be accessed by anyone contacting Children 1st Parentline with concerns around money. Details will be taken and passed to our team, who will make contact to arrange a private appointment. Please do share this information with any of your contacts or colleagues who may be concerned about the future where furlough schemes and mortgage payment holidays are coming to an end.

Children 1st Parentline is contactable seven days a week by calling 08000 28 22 33 or starting a webchat at children1st.org.uk/parentline 

Help save Scotland’s outdoor education centres

Many of you will fondly remember your school visits to one of the 36 fantastic outdoor education centres we have in Scotland. Or perhaps your children have visited more recently. We at Children 1st have seen first-hand the impact that such centres can have on the mental health and wellbeing of families and see them as a key way to help children recover from the trauma of the pandemic.

As you’ll see from this video of our West Lothian service’s weekend trip to Ardroy outdoor education centre, the impact such places have on young people and their families can be massive. As one young person told us, one of the best things she learned was, “Knowing that I can push myself, and that I work better when I’m challenged.”

One mum told us her daughter had confided in her for the first time in a long time and that, after the weekend, she felt like she had her daughter back.

Unfortunately, the future for these wonderful centres is looking increasingly at risk due to a lack of emergency funding. We have written to Deputy First Minister John Swinney to express our concerns, you can show your support by signing and sharing the petition on change.org


Dragons Glen Junior – do you know a budding entrepreneur?

We’ve recently adapted our annual corporate challenge – Dragons Glen – to reach a new audience of budding entrepreneurs via Dragons Glen Junior. Inspired by children like Robyn, who has raised over £1,500 selling tie dye face masks during lockdown, we’re hoping to encourage children to explore the business world while raising money for children who need our help.

Thanks to national sponsorship from TIGERS, we’ll give young people with a business idea £50 to develop their plan to create a product or establish a fundraising initiative. They’ll also receive access to a suite of materials and video guides from Scottish business leaders on our website. They will then have 8 weeks to turn their seed money into £500.

If you know anyone up to 16 years old who’d like to get involved in a new venture to raise money for Scotland’s most vulnerable children, please ask them to get in touch! We’d also love to hear from you if you’d like to share some pearls of wisdom by contributing a video clip! 

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