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

We look forward to hearing from you!

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