Argyll & Bute Council

Argyll and Bute Council has made significant progress in recruiting and delivering a counselling service for children and young people in the area.

The council was awarded £286,000 through the Scottish Government’s 10 year Mental Health Strategy to provide the service over the last 12 months, and a further £377,000 has been allocated for each of the next three years.

Read more here - Counselling in schools continues to make positive progress (argyll-bute.gov.uk)

Aberdeen City Council

Work on an innovative outdoor learning setting for pre-school children gets underway at Aberdeen’s much-loved Duthie Park later this month.

The pilot project is one of the highlights of Aberdeen City Council’s £23 million investment transforming nursery settings across the city in preparation for expanded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) hours for children below school age.

Read more here - Work to begin on ground-breaking outdoor learning nursery at Duthie Park (aberdeencity.gov.uk)

Inverclyde Council

Swimming for under-16s in Inverclyde will be subsidised by Inverclyde Council for the next year.

It comes after members of the Local Authority’s education and communities committee unanimously backed a scheme that will allow for the continuation of free swims through until 2022.

Read more here - Subsidised swimming for Under-16s - Inverclyde Council

Moray Council

Moray Council has agreed to fund additional support towards a leisure and physical activity summer programme following a year of limited access to sports for young people.

A partnership made up of Moray Council’s Sport and Leisure service, Active Schools, Community Sports Hubs, Moray Leisure Centre, Youth Work and voluntary community groups has had £10,000 approved to run an expanded programme of summer activities this year.

The initiative comes as research has shown the physical activity levels of young people declined during the most recent lockdown over the winter months. With sports clubs and community groups unable to meet there is concern for mental, physical and social wellbeing of young people as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more here - Additional £10k for young people’s summer programme (moray.gov.uk)

Midlothian Council

Every school age pupil in Midlothian is to receive a learning device such as an iPad or Google Chromebook as part of Midlothian Council’s £10.5 million investment in digital learning.

Midlothian is the first local authority in Scotland to launch a digital learning project on this scale.

The ambitious plan recognises the importance of digital tools to support learning.

Read more here - Every school age pupil in Midlothian to get a free learning device | Midlothian Council

South Ayrshire Council

South Ayrshire Council has been working with children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, to pilot an innovative service at Carrick and Girvan academies.

Following collaborative work between the Council and a number of charitable funders, pupils now have access to a range of mental health and wellbeing resources, including a new counselling service.

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Two South Ayrshire school communities benefit from new mental health and wellbeing service (south-ayrshire.gov.uk)

South Ayrshire Council

South Ayrshire Council delivered over 50,000 free school meal food boxes to eligible children throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The authority provided the packs – containing items to make a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches – to eligible children until the schools returned on August 17.

The service was extended through the Easter and summer holiday periods, and in total, 52,668 boxes were delivered to children in South Ayrshire – an average of over 3,000 per week. Council celebrates food box delivery success.

Midlothian Council

Midlothian Council has successfully applied for Scottish Government funding to build a new Mayfield School Campus and refurbish and extend Penicuik High School.

The projects represent investment of over £71 million in the school estate. They are among 25 new education initiatives benefitting from £800 million of Scottish Government funding.

More info here - Funding for major projects at Penicuik High and Mayfield School Campus | Midlothian Council