1.1 Embed libraries as lead contributors to reading and literacy by closing the learning gap in communities, through national programmes and local initiatives.
1.2 Improve wellbeing and support post COVID-19 recovery with programs which target health, economic growth, and strengthen communities
1.5 Reflect the rich and diverse communities in both library resources and programming to make them accessible to all
2.2 Design library services which reach the heart of communities and engage with new audiences
3.3 Collaborate with partners to contribute towards the sustainable development agenda for 2030
The project brought toys, play and outdoor learning opportunities to families who may not otherwise have access to them ensuring that Inverclyde Libraries are embedding the sustainable agenda and their role as a Climate Beacon into library programming.
The project has allowed the service to showcase it’s understanding of the importance of play for children and families and its commitment to the UNCRC.
Since receiving funding for the project Inverclyde Libraries has been awarded with the Inverclyde Rights of the Child Award.
The ‘Play Together’ Project is a fantastic addition to our local library resources providing sustainable and inclusive access to play, toys and outdoor learning opportunities to the families of Inverclyde. It provides families with a unique opportunity to access a variety of toys and resources supporting them to play, learn and grow together.”
Barnardo's Family Support Worker
Children, young people and their families have access to play resources to support their development with resources purchased having a sustained use. The project demonstrates that Inverclyde Libraries is committed to the community in providing these new services therefore has strengthened links throughout the community on a long term basis.
The performance of the project is being monitored through a variety of qualitative and quantitative means including the number of issues, increased library membership and the number of sessions held along with survey results.
The outcomes of this project are:
- a new offer to the community in the provision of loaning stock to offer toys, play and outdoor learning resources to families at no cost.
- The Young People’s Services Team has gained knowledge of specialised resources for play and learning
- Increased participation rates in library programmes
- A toy and games library for children from birth – 18 years
- Toys available promote literacy and numeracy
- Storytelling sacks have been procured to promote storytelling at home
- Outdoor play and learning resources have been procured
- Expert led sessions have been held ranging from storytelling to the Glasgow Science Centre
- A Play book collection has been curated (physical & online) providing inspiration for family play at home such as crafting, baking, upcycling and outdoor projects