Children’s Parliament in Glasgow

Date: 8th June 2012
Category: Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities

The Children's Parliament has received a Realising Ambition award of £319,965 to deliver and expand activities like the recent StreetsAhead project to benefit 1,600 children in schools in the north east of Glasgow.

In partnership with the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence, a multi-agency initiative designed to reduce gang violence across Glasgow, the Children's Parliament will roll out a number of interventions that have proven to support children and their families at a key time when they have most likelihood of turning around negative habits.

Other project partners, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life are directly supporting the initiative which has already been operating successfully in Fife and the Western Isles.

Cathy McCulloch, Co-Director, Children's Parliament: said: 'We are really delighted to have been given this Big Lottery Fund award to replicate our work in Glasgow with support from CIRV, Glasgow Life and colleagues in Education. Effective partnerships are the key to ensuring longevity of the work after our period of funding ends and we are delighted to be working with such inspiring and committed colleagues.'

Across Scotland seven tried and tested interventions have been given the green light from BIG's Realising Ambition programme to roll out their activity for the benefit of 46,824 of the most 'at risk' Scottish children.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee Member, Lucy McTernan, said: "Through our Realising Ambition programme we hope to transform the lives of thousands of young Scots who are at risk of being drawn into anti social behaviour. The StreetsAhead project from the Children's Parliament is a great example of what can be achieved through effective early intervention which could be crucial in helping children make positive choices and avoid negative ones in the future."

In total 25 proven to work projects across the UK have received Realising Ambition awards. Each project was identified and verified by a consortium of organisations led by Catch22. All of the projects will be rigorously tested and evaluated as they run over the next five years so that they can provide solid insight into how our society can work more effectively to help children and young people and prevent anti-social behaviour and youth offending in future.