Get into Summer: Supporting children and young people’s wellbeing

Published: 10 Jun 2021

Get into Summer

Children and young people most impacted by Covid will be supported by £20 million to create opportunities to socialise, play and reconnect this summer.

Councils will receive £15 million and up to £5 million has been allocated to a coalition of 18 national partners to further strengthen and build on existing summer provision in addition to what is usually on offer.

The support provided by councils will specifically target those aged up to 25 from low income households who may otherwise struggle to access such experiences during the holidays.

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“Scotland’s children and young people have experienced significant disruption to all aspects of their lives as a result of Covid-19, including their wellbeing; education and social connections. They have told us that their mental health was a primary concern as a result of the pandemic and that they need a range of activity to help them reconnect with their peers and friends.

“We have listened and taken action. The £20 million of funding will support children, young people, their families and carers to enjoy the summer. Through our partners - local authorities as well as our national organisations – the summer activity will focus on mental health and well-being of our children and young people whose lives have been impacted by Covid.”

Councillor Stephen McCabe, COSLA Children and Young People’s Spokesperson said:

“Over the past year children and young people have shown such resilience as the pandemic has limited many of the activities and support usually open to them .

“We are pleased that this additional funding will allow local authorities to build on their own regular summer programmes for children and young people and boost opportunities for those who have faced the greatest challenges due to COVID-19.

“Councils will provide a range of activities depending on local needs and guided by what children and young people themselves say will make a difference.”


Local authority and national partners funding allocations:

National partners – funding has been awarded up to:

Organisation  Allocation
Barnardos £274,000
Early Years Scotland/Care and Learning Alliance £200,000
Family Fund £200,000
Historic Environment Scotland £143,000
Mental Health Foundation £300,000
Museums Galleries Scotland  £280,000
Play Scotland £384,000
Royal Botanical Gardens, Scottish Forestry & Nature Scot (partnership proposal) £20,000
Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (STAF) £27,200
Scottish Association for Mental Health £54,000
sportscotland £1.4 million
Youthlink & Creative Scotland (joint proposal) £1.25 million
Young Scot £54,230
Who Cares? Scotland £175,000
Total  £5,007,930

Funding for Summer of Activities for Children and Young People (£15 million):

Local Authority Allocation
Aberdeen City £418,000
Aberdeenshire £562,000
Angus £335,000
Argyll & Bute £232,000
Clackmannanshire £162,000
Dumfries & Galloway £529,000
Dundee City £432,000
East Ayrshire £405,000
East Dunbartonshire £184,000
East Lothian £277,000
East Renfrewshire £187,000
Edinburgh, City of £846,000
Eilean Siar £78,000
Falkirk £443,000
Fife £1,160,000
Glasgow City £2,249,000
Highland £721,000
Inverclyde £201,000
Midlothian £252,000
Moray £256,000
North Ayrshire £452,000
North Lanarkshire £1,104,000
Orkney Islands £68,000
Perth & Kinross £397,000
Renfrewshire £436,000
Scottish Borders £353,000
Shetland Islands £53,000
South Ayrshire £295,000
South Lanarkshire £882,000
Stirling £213,000
West Dunbartonshire £276,000
West Lothian £541,000

The cross-agency Covid Education Recovery Group recommended that the summer programme focus on the wellbeing of children and young people.

A Scottish Government marketing campaign will launch the week beginning 14 June to help partners and local authorities promote the opportunities available to children and young people in their local area.