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Get into Summer

Supporting children and young people’s wellbeing.

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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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:





Early Years Scotland/Care and Learning Alliance


Family Fund


Historic Environment Scotland


Mental Health Foundation


Museums Galleries Scotland 


Play Scotland


Royal Botanical Gardens, Scottish Forestry & Nature Scot (partnership proposal)


Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (STAF)


Scottish Association for Mental Health



£1.4 million

Youthlink & Creative Scotland (joint proposal)

£1.25 million

Young Scot


Who Cares? Scotland




Funding for Summer of Activities for Children and Young People

(£15 million)  

Local Authority


Aberdeen City






Argyll & Bute




Dumfries & Galloway


Dundee City


East Ayrshire


East Dunbartonshire


East Lothian


East Renfrewshire


Edinburgh, City of


Eilean Siar






Glasgow City










North Ayrshire


North Lanarkshire


Orkney Islands


Perth & Kinross




Scottish Borders


Shetland Islands


South Ayrshire


South Lanarkshire




West Dunbartonshire


West Lothian


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.


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