Investment project code: 17
East Pollokshields Out of School Care (EPOSC) has been functioning for 26 years, governed by a voluntary board of trustees consisting of parents. It provides out of school care and holiday care for all four primary schools in East Pollokshields. This supports parents within the area to maintain full/part time employment, training or education. They aim to provide flexible and affordable childcare in a stimulating, challenging and safe environment. They promote the dignity of service users and staff through the values of respecting safety, privacy and diversity. EPOSC is applying for money to provide a programme of activities which they would not normally be able to offer, during both school term-time and holidays. They hope to build children’s holistic development and confidence by providing activities which involve a level of risky play and are interesting and adventurous. Activities suggested by children and their parents include outdoor pursuits, indoor and outdoor physical activities, rest and relaxation, planned trips and outings, healthy eating, food and nutrition and educational talks. This will create positive outcomes including increased confidence and self-esteem, experiences of peer support and development of trusting relationships between children from the different school communities. Funding request: £20,000 to fund staffing, activities, equipment and resources.