News: Action for Children are launching their LEADER funded AB56 Futures project, 26 November 2019 2pm-4pm

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Action for Children are launching 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.

There will also be an employment support side to the project which aims to support and facilitate learning opportunities through the 3 levels structure of the Learning Programme. This will work along side the Family Support service. The project is Designed to enable and empower, our participant ‘Learners’ to make informed choices and recognise the skills necessary to contribute to and work in, the Early Learning Child Care Sector.
The 3 level structure:
Level 1:
Schools based programme available to young people in S4-S6 Secondary Schools, at risk of negative destination and looking to raise their awareness of work within the Early Learning Child Care Sector as a potential Career. Highlighting personal skills, strengths and transferable employment skills, whilst building confidence in Learners to pursue Further Education or work in the ELCC Sector. An additional outcome of attending the programme will be Raising awareness of Parenting Skills.
Level 2
To provide an access course for 16+ to Further Education or Higher Education by delivering a bespoke 6 week Training Programme which covers:
An Introduction to working within the Early Learning Child Care Sector
To minimise any barriers to attend the training programme with engagement from Support Workers
Level 3
To provide an access course to Further Education or Higher Education through a 24 week Programme (18 week Course and 6 week placement)

To provide access to an SVQ Level 2 in

  • SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People)
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