Would you like to partner with Save The Children Cymru to expand the impact of our work across Wales?

Would you like to partner with Save The Children Cymru to expand the impact of our work across Wales?

The Bettws Early Learning Community (BELC) launched in September 2019 with the aim of improving early learning outcomes for children in Bettws, Newport. Since then, BELC partners have been working together  to improving the early learning outcomes of children growing up in poverty.

Local organisations come together to make sure that children are getting the support they need to thrive, learn and grow up in a place they can be proud of. We know this approach is making an impact. Working together and keeping children at the centre of what we do can bring long term sustainable change. That’s the approach we are using in Bettws, Newport and now we want to expand our understanding of the model by testing it in another area in Wales.

What is Y Prosiect Ehangu/The Expand Project?

Save The Children Cymru would like to work collaboratively in another area as they test this approach.

From today (Wednesday, 23 November 2022), organisations/partnerships who work with children  from 0-7 years are encouraged to submit a proposal to the Bettws ELC Ehangu (Expand) Fund.

We can offer a grant of £45,000 to work with Save the Children between January 2023 and December 2024 to do this.

The project aims to:

  • provide seed funding for a small place-based systems change pilot project
  • develop a package of core materials (an ELC ‘Ehangu starter kit’) which can be tailored to other areas as they develop their own partnerships and systems change programmes.
  • develop and test a model of support for STC to share our experience and expertise to help other place-based Early Years partnerships develop

In Bettws as part of this approach we have worked with partners to test new ways of maximising children’s outcomes such as extending the use of school grounds for play outside of school hours. Trailing new ways to support children and their families as they start school, such as forest school sessions and new ways of communicating and sharing information as professionals.  You can find out more at https://bettwselc.org.uk

Rebecca Thomas, Bettws ELC Lead, said, “Save The Children is often asked to share how we are working and what we are learning to help others to develop place-based Early Years systems change projects. There is no one-size-fits-all roadmap, but we do know there are some key elements to developing a systems change project and we would like to test these in action supporting another partnership.”

Project proposals must be submitted by December 14, 2022 and successful proposals will be notified by January 12, 2023.

If you need more information or help please contact: contact Rebecca Thomas at R.Thomas@savethechildren.org.uk or click here for the overview and apply.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Exciting opportunity to make a difference to the lives of children and families living in Bettws

Exciting opportunity to make a difference to the lives of children and families living in Bettws

Do you have a great idea that could improve the lives of children and families who are affected by the impact of growing up in poverty?

Do you work in Bettws, Newport or East Wales and have a new approach you would like to try out that could help ensure children have the best possible start in life?

If you answered yes and have an innovative idea that could make a difference, then Bettws Early Learning Community (ELC) and Save the Children Wales would love to hear from you!

From today (Monday September 26, 2022), organisations who work in the local area of Bettws in Newport, South-East Wales, are encouraged to submit a proposal to the Bettws ELC Innovation Fund.

Bettws ELC is part of Save the Children’s Early Learning Communities programme bringing together local organisations to make sure that children in Bettws are getting the support they need to thrive, learn and achieve their potential.

A key part of this partnership approach is designing new approaches and learning what works and what could be improved.

That’s why we want to hear about innovative ideas that could really make a difference in key areas such as;

  • Improving early learning outcomes for children from birth to seven years old
  • Increasing opportunities for children to learn and play outside in safe areas
  • Helping children make the transition to nursery and reception class in primary school
  • Improving children and parent’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Supporting children and their community to be more resilient and better able to adapt to change
  • Providing support and guidance to children and families living in poverty and struggling with the cost-of-living crisis

A total funding pot of up to £70,000 spread over two years is available and bids are encouraged for small projects and larger ones.

Wherever possible, the innovation project ideas should be set up in way that encourages collaboration between a range of local early years services and should be co-designed with local children and families to ensure it is meeting their needs.

Rebecca Thomas, Bettws ELC Lead, said, “This is such an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to the children and families living in Bettws and improve not only early learning outcomes but provide support that is driven by lived experience and local need.

“We want these projects to test and learn from a new approach to addressing a gap in existing local services and trial a new approach to service design and delivery.

“We know how many great ideas are out there and would encourage organisations to submit their proposals as soon as possible!”

Project proposals must be submitted by November 1, 2022 and successful proposals will be notified by November 17,2022.

All projects will be delivered between January 2023 and August 2024.

To find out more please contact Rebecca Thomas at r.thomas@savethechildren.org.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!