AB56 Futures

    Lady Cathcart School, Buckie

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    Action for Children have been awarded funding for their AB56 Futures project, to create a new support service and family learning centre for communities in the Buckie area.

    The overall aim of the service is to play a key role in maximising uptake of local free childcare services available through the Scottish Government’s Early Learning and Childcare expansion plans, whilst enabling parents to move towards the labour market by accessing learning and skills development. The new service will deliver family learning sessions designed to encourage and support parents to access free childcare provision, whilst supporting the family to overcome any additional barriers to reengaging with learning, leading to improved employment opportunities.

    The project will be delivered through a new community focused, family learning centre in Buckie which provides learning, support, advice, information and opportunities for families and via an outreach service, providing accessibility and reach to the wider community.

    The project aims to provide support and information to between 150-200 families. LEADER funding will be used to support the refurbishment of the upper floor of Lady Cathcart School in Buckie to house the new family learning centre, and for the recruitment of a new staff team to deliver the service. This will create a community learning space where families will feel comfortable to drop in, engage and find access to support. The centre will also provide an operational base for the new staff for outreach support and community engagement.