10 things we do to make a difference

The voluntary sector is a diverse alliance of agencies that impact on all aspects of Scottish life. In these profiles you will read more about the sector’s work.

“In all actions concerning the child, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration”. (UNCRC Article 3)

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Royal Caledonian Education Trust
Jeely Piece Club
Speak Out Stay Safe: NSPCC Schools Service

Parents are the child’s primary carer, educator and role model. The voluntary sector has long been able to build bridges between home and school and other statutory services; restoring and repairing relationships so that the needs of the child come into focus.

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One Parent Families Scotland
Early Years Scotland

The social context within which children live and learn is central to the sectors responses. This means agencies work to support learning about challenging and complex issues. It also means recognising, questioning and challenging the impact that disadvantage and discrimination can have on the learner.

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TESSA: Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis
I Am Me
Show Racism the Red Card
TalkTime Scotland

“Partnerships are by nature inefficient. It’s only sensible to collaborate if real collaborative advantage can be envisaged. Achieving collaboration requires a great deal of energy, commitment, care and resource”. Professor Chris Huxham speaking at the PINS ‘Partnership’ event.

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APEX Inclusion and the Museum 2Go2 Project

Making and building on small gains is often at the heart of the work the voluntary sector is engaged in with children and families. Whilst expectations must be high, progress may be slow, and the experience of success needs to be embedded in day to day living.

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Stepping Stones and Circle Father’s Group

Being connected to the day to day experiences of children and families means the voluntary sector can engage in an honest dialogue with Government, attempting at all time to influence and inform and ensure policy meets the demands which poverty, exclusion and discrimination present.

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National Third Sector GIRFEC Project

Partnerships between the voluntary sector and schools and colleges have resulted in a growth in opportunities for children and young people who were once excluded to immerse themselves in developing personal and learning skills that enable them to become lifelong learners.

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NEW - Scottish Book Trust
Lothian Association of Youth Clubs
Good Shepherd Centre
Kibble Education and Care Centre
SkillForce and Newlands Junior College

The voluntary sector works to define models of reflective practice which sit alongside a culture of targets, outcomes and inspection. The sector is growing in its capacity to seek and present evidence of our impact; and build programmes and interventions on what we can learn from each other. While the difficulties faced by a child may be complex, we need to know that our intervention makes a positive difference to the child’s learning and experience of school.

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Children 1st

Agencies can draw on a range of opinions and hypothesis to build programmes and interventions. Some of the best insight can come from participating children and young people. Ultimately, programmes based on both insight and theory will contribute best to improving outcomes for vulnerable children and young people.

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Alcohol Focus Scotland

The sector is strong on growing and developing new approaches to entrenched problems. When relationships have been formed, and the journey has begun, energy and morale must be sustained and efforts rewarded. And of course, success needs to be celebrated. 

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Children’s Parliament
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

 

Original 10 Things We Do report 2010