Intergenerational Play and Storytelling

Play Scotland and Generations Working Together are currently looking for case studies of projects that link older people and children through play and storytelling.

If this sounds like work that you have done, we would love to hear from you!

We are collecting these case studies for a toolkit resource.

Everyone who submits a case study will be invited to the launch event and will receive a free copy of the toolkit.

To submit a case study, please download the template here:

Please email the completed form to by Monday 31st January

For more information please do not hesitate to get in touch.



Generations Working Together Excellence Awards 2022 – Launch

Excellence Awards criteria – for intergenerational projects

There are 5 criteria, many of which will relate to children and young people in schools and Early Years settings, as well as those working on Duke of Edinburgh or Saltire Awards or engaged in their communities, but this is just as relevant for older members of our communities whether still working and fully independent, through to being in full-time care but engaged in an intergenerational project. Projects can be ‘lead’ by an individual or group(s).

A new award this year recognises the importance and key opportunity for intergenerational solidarity through Climate Action.

The five categories are:

  • Creative use of space and place
  • Creative use of technology
  • Enabling inclusive communities
  • Social justice and dignity
  • Tackling climate change

More info on their website.



Active and Outdoor Partnership Manager Vacancy

Job opportunity at Healthy Valleys

Healthy Valleys is a community-led health initiative that supports communities in rural South Lanarkshire. They focus on providing opportunities for local people to improve their health and wellbeing and build stronger communities in areas of deprivation or where there are service gaps.

This position will be based at NHS Lanarkshire (Law House) and will include home working (during restrictions).

Closing date for applications: 10am on Friday 19th November 2021

Interviews: Tuesday 30th November 2021

Find out more here



Children’s Alliance job opportunity

Head of Children’s Alliance

Children’s Alliance has announced that they are looking for a Head to join their team. Children’s Alliance is an outreach initiative of Water Babies and this is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Charity Leader to play a crucial part in shaping and delivering the ambitions for their Community Interest Company (CIC). If you are driven, passionate, self-reliant, motivated and resilient they want to hear from you.



Moths to a Flame installation at Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens

Monday, 1 November 2021, 12:00 – Wednesday, 3 November 2021, 16:00

Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, Scotland, G12 0UE, United Kingdom

Moths to a Flame will be open to the public daily for FREE throughout COP26 at Glasgow’s stunning Botanic Gardens.

This mass participation art installation started in Plymouth, but has brought together moths and voices from all over the world to create a magnificent display of hope and community as we call for action on climate change at this important moment in the history of humanity.

The installation will be open to the public from 12:00 – 4:00 pm each day – last admission will be at 3:30pm.

Schools or groups who wish to arrange a private visit the installation in the morning can contact The Botanics directly.




The Children’s Alliance Report on the Health & Wellbeing of Children in the Early Years

Covid-19 has uncovered entrenched health inequalities; hobbling UK children even prior to birth and creating a ‘twin-track childhood’ on course to derail a post-pandemic recovery unless children are placed at the heart of it.
This is the view of ‘The Early Years’: a Report developed by 31 academics, voluntary sector and childcare professionals and published today by The Children’s Alliance.

Honorary President, Baroness (Frances) De Souza said:

‘I’m delighted to welcome ‘The Early Years’ – the first in a quartet of ‘Children’s Alliance’ Reports. This is where we must start if the Government’s aim of ‘levelling up’ post-pandemic is to be realised.

The inequalities besetting our very youngest children do not owe their origin to Covid-19 – but the pandemic has opened our eyes to them. This Report and its successors on Physical Health, Mental Health and Family and Community will prove that need for a Cabinet Minister for Children is irrefutable if ‘the right to thrive’ is to be enjoyed by all UK citizens .’



Play Scotland at COP26

The climate crisis has a huge impact on children’s right to play and their future. Children across the world repeatedly demonstrate their determination, resourcefulness and creativity in finding opportunities for play, however many of them face significant barriers to do with the environment and the climate crisis.

Detrimental environmental changes are already affecting the overall safety of outdoor play for children. From an increase in adverse asthma symptoms to aggravated reactions from increases in heat for children with sickle cell disease, children’s access to play and a healthy quality of life are faltering.

To properly tackle the climate crisis and to realise the child’s right to play to must listen to children and young people and act on what they say.

  • Children’s Right to Play and the Environment

    Children’s Right to Play and the Environment

    A discussion paper prepared by the International Play Association: Promoting the Child’s Right to Play for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Day of General Discussion, 2016 Children’s Rights and the Environment
    Resource type: Publication
    pdf (103.52 KB)

Moths to a Flame

Play Scotland was delighted to partner with Art & Energy to create a mass participatory art installation for COP26. The exhibition is made up of 15,000 moths made from recycled plastic bottles. The installation is accompanied by a soundscape of poetry, spoken word, calls to action and hope and dreams for the future recorded by children and adults across the UK. 

To create the moths and record the messages, Play Scotland organised workshops with groups of children and young people. Additionally we funded a moth box for the Children’s Wood and created and promoted a pack for teachers to run the workshop with their students. 


The exhibition will be open and free to the public at Glasgow Botanic Gardens every day of COP26 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm – last admission will be at 3:30pm. Alternatively, you can watch a live stream of the exhibition for 15 minutes each day at 12:30pm. Find out more here.




October Update

Welcome to our October updates blog! If you would like to receive our quarterly updates direct to your mailbox, you can subscribe to our newsletter here:

Moths to a Flame at COP26

We have been part of creating a mass participation art installation for COP26 called Moths to a Flame. We have been running workshops with children in Scotland to ensure they have their say in the upcoming conference. Find out more about the workshops by watching our short film below.

The exhibition will be open and free to the public at Glasgow Botanic Gardens every day of COP26 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm – last admission will be at 3:30pm.
Alternatively, you can watch a live stream of the exhibition for 15 minutes each day at 12:30pm. Find out more by clicking this link.

Podcast: Play and Active Travel

The latest episode of our podcast is live and ready to be downloaded!
This month we are discussing how play can be used to support active travel and lead to better outcomes for all children.

To explore this we will be hearing from Naomi Wright from the Art and Energy Collective, Robyn Warburton from Paths for All, and Emily Ryder from Play Together On Pedals.

Click this link to have a listen or subscribe through your preferred podcast site.

Play Well Outdoors Pack

Working with Save the Children and the Beano we have designed a bumper pack filled with loads of ideas on how to play and have fun outdoors. It can be seen here Play Well Outdoors Pack – Play Scotland.

So far we have given out 29,941 packs to children across Scotland!

We still have lots left so if you would like to bulk order packs for your setting, please email

Memberships survey

We are looking to evaluate our membership and training services and are currently working on a membership survey.
Keep an eye out in our next newsletter and on our social media for the link!
We want feedback from our members because your opinion is the most important to us. In the meantime, if you have any comments, ideas, or suggestions please email



Play Scotland and Art & Energy’s Moths to a Flame project is heading to Falkland Estate!

The Moths to a Flame project helps children and young people engage in the call for urgent action on the Climate Emergency by helping to create a magnificent mass-participation art installation at COP26, Glasgow 2021.

EVERYONE is invited to come along to our October holiday workshops to help us make 20,000 moths and record your messages to world leaders to be played during the installation at COP26.

To take part come along to the estate from 10am – 12noon on Thursday 14th October or Friday 15th October to see some live moths, do some arts and crafts, and have your say on what we should do to tackle the climate emergency.

For more information you can watch a video about the workshop here and find out more about the project here.




Moths to a Flame teacher’s pack

Hello and welcome to your Moths to a Flame teacher’s pack!

The Moths to a Flame project helps children and young people engage in the call for urgent action on the Climate Emergency into a magnificent mass-participation art installation at COP26, Glasgow 2021.

EVERYONE is invited to join this NATIONWIDE creative response to the Climate Emergency to help us make 20,000 moths and record messages for the Moths to a Flame installation at COP26.

Through these activities children will:

  • Think about energy and its possibilities
  • Explore the natural world and observe real moths near you
  • Create simple hand-crafted moths to join the exhibition
  • Record your climate hopes for the future and
  • Send a message to World Leaders at COP26.

We would love for you to do any and all of the activities below, but we are most interested in receiving your moths and your recorded messages.

Once you have made your moths and recorded your messages, please email We will pay for the postage to ensure your moths are part of the exhibition!

Please ensure to get your moths made and get in touch by Monday 18 October so we can make sure your moths arrive in time!