In July, the Minister for Department of Health and Social Care – Andrea Leadsom MP – announced a new review into the healthy development of infants. It is hoped that this review will investigate and improve the support available to babies and their families from conception to age two. In order to do this, the government are inviting parents, volunteers and professionals to share their views through an online consultation which is running until Friday 16th October. The First 1001 Day movement has released a statement urging all members and supporters of the movement to respond to the consultation.
It has been a very busy quarter here at Cattanach HQ as we continue through our 2020 Stepping Stone strategy, focusing on key internal and external change while preparing the foundation for our 2021-2025 strategy.
A new report, Babies in Lockdown, has shone a light on the impact of Covid-19 on babies by listening to the voices of 5, 474 expectant and new parents of their experience of lockdown as family support systems were withdrawn.
Putting our money where our children’s mouths are: Understanding public spending on children’s wellbeing
Cattanach is excited to work with Children in Scotland and the Carnegie UK Trust on a joint project to make recommendations for a children's wellbeing budget focusing on the First 1,001 Days.
In Q2 2020 no new applications were considered but Trustees confirmed continuation funding for a number of grantees.
Scottish Government Funding for charities to help families. Mums, dads and families at risk of poor mental health during pregnancy and the early years will be able to access enhanced peer support, parenting support and perinatal counselling services, with new annual funding of up to £1 million.
Do you want to make a difference for very young children? Then join Team Cattanach! We are recruiting for Trustees and welcome applications from individuals with a particular interest and expertise relating to the Early Years, as well as individuals with experience in investment, finance or digital.
As a member of the First 1001 Days Movement, Cattanach has signed a joint statement with over 40 partner organisations in response to COVID-19. We are calling for the UK Government and Scottish Government as well as all other national and local leaders to give urgent attention to the wellbeing, safety and health of babies and very young children during the current crisis and act accordingly.
The Third Sector Resilience Fund, amounting to a total of £20 million, is now open for applications.
Cattanach fully understands how disconcerting the current situation is for our grantees and all those working in the voluntary sector. We are here to support you. Here is more information on our plans. Of course, we would love to hear from you directly about what we can do to help.
We are delighted to announce our new and continuation grants for Q1 2020.
Trustees met on 27th February and came to the difficult decision to pause new grants in our Q2 (May) 2020 funding round to give full attention to all the improvements and positive changes coming to Cattanach in 2020.