Background

Trustees and staff met for a Strategy Day on 15th November 2019 to discuss Cattanach’s future outlook for 2020, a year of change, improvement and new ambition. 2020 will stand for innovation and the willingness to learn so we can add the greatest and most sustainable value possible to very young children in Scotland, especially those that experience adverse conditions at such a young age.


Therefore, a 2020 stepping-stone strategy will focus specifically on this internal and external change while preparing the foundation for Cattanach’s 2021-2025 strategy, which will be developed at the 2020 Strategy Day in Q3/Q4 and be published for consultation.

Step 1

Our Values

INTEGRITY
We strive to be fair, ethical and accountable.


LOVE
We recognise the importance of nurturing relationships, with kindness and compassion at the heart of all our work.


CONSIDERATION
We are mindful of the challenges, hopes and aspirations of others.


HOPE
We are passionate about enabling change through our work with partners and the organisations we support.

Step 2

Our Strategic Outcomes

Based on our values, over a decade of Early Years funding practice and the recent strategic discussions at the 2019 Strategy Seminar, the outcomes that Cattanach wants to achieve through its funding and based on its values are threefold:

STRENGTHEN ATTACHMENT
We want to build attachment between a child and those closest to it where adversity has prevented it form developing and strengthen attachment where it is threatened.
BUILD RESILIENCE
We want to increase resilience by supporting very young children and their families to build a better future through a better start in life.
SUPPORT PREVENTION
We want to encourage prevention to avoid adverse consequences of a higher order in the future, and won’t ask for things to be broken before we support.

Step 3

Strategic Priority Themes

Based on the strategic outcomes that Cattanach wants to achieve and our values, strategic priority themes emerge to translate strategy into the delivery of day-to-day operations. The themes can be grouped into four objectives, which are to:

BE TRAILBLAZERS
Support organisations to lead change, focusing on encouraging innovation and promoting best practice in early years funding across our networks.
ADD VALUE
Award grants to promote systems change from the bottom up while also using other convening powers and standing as independent funder to amplify the needs of very young children in Scotland.
FOCUS ON STRONG RELATIONSHIPS
Strengthen our existing relationships – with grantees, other funders and wider early years stakeholders – through our way of working and our funding to the sector.
BECOME THE BEST GRANT MAKER WE CAN BE
Follow the insights from the Independent Care Review and grantee feedback to review how we fund and improve internal structures and processes accordingly.