The latest stories from Inspiring Scotland and our partner charities.
Scottish wildlife filmmaker and television presenter Gordon Buchanan â€“ best known for his close encounter with a curious polar bear on BBCâ€™s The Polar Bear Family and Me – has added his name to a growing list of people and organisations committed to getting kids out to play. The raft of pledges will be announcedRead More
50 people and organisations sign up to national pledge on outdoor play and learning Playing and learning outdoors will be a fundamental part of growing up in Scotland, following a national commitment from 50 people and organisations across the country. Alongside the Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland, bodies as diverse as the Royal Zoological SocietyRead More
Outdoor play and learning was given a boost when Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney officially launched the Welly Wanderers outdoor nursery in Glasgow’s Castlemilk woods on World Children’s Day, 20 November 2017. The Welly Wanderers is one of three outdoor nurseries being established in Glasgow under a partnershipRead More
Inspiring Scotland are delighted to support the Scottish Government to launch the new Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Third Sector Fund. Directed at improving mental health care for new mums, infants and families, the fund will open to applications on the 5thÂ May 2020 and run between August 2020 and March 2023, subject to annualRead More
Iconic Beano comic character, Dennis the Menace, joined Mark McDonald MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Childcare and Early Years, to launch a new campaign highlighting the benefits to children of free and creative play. The year-long campaign, â€śAway and Playâ€ť, is powered by Inspiring Scotland.Â It will highlight the benefits of free and unstructured playRead More
Inspiring Scotland supports Scottish Government in its commitment to improving the quality of Early Learning and Childcare through the publication of it’s Quality Action Plan. Through the work of the go2play fund, Inspiring Scotland has championed and encouraged play-based outdoor learning in Scotland’s communities, schools and natural spaces since 2010. We are pleased to seeRead More
Following a tender exercise, Inspiring Scotland has been appointed as Fund Manager for Scottish Governmentâ€™s Equality and Human Rights Funds. This work will start in November 2020 and involves supporting Scottish Government to develop the new Equality and Human Rights funding streams – Delivering Equally Safe (DES) and the Supporting Equality and Human Rights FundRead More
Leaders of Scottish bodies from health, education and natural heritage have backed the #AwayandPlay campaign highlighting the benefits of outdoor free play for young people and children. Senior figures including the Deputy Chief Medical officer and representatives from bodies such as Glasgow City Council, Historic Environment Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Care Inspectorate, Scottish Natural HeritageRead More
Inspiring Scotland works with some of the most innovative charities in Scotland today. This Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on the power of nature â€“ so weâ€™re sharing our key learnings from the projects we work with on how to use nature to improve mental health and wellbeing of new parents, children, young people,Read More
Artists and participants of the ÂŁ2million Creative Communities programme gathered for the first time at V&A Dundee for the premiere of their film highlighting the power of creativity to support wellbeing during the last year. Creative Communities is a Scottish Government initiative aiming to connect communities by providing creative opportunities in communities where social orRead More
Inspiring Scotland has partnered with Care Inspectorate to produce a How-to guide for establishing outdoor nurseries in Scotland. Karen Quinn and Donna Conroy from Care Inspectorate will work alongside Inspiring Scotlandâ€™s Thrive Outdoors team for the rest of the year and will support development of the guide, focusing on how to ensure safe, high-qualityRead More
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