Giving children the best start in life is a key partnership objective, as a child’s upbringing is a key factor in relation to their outcomes later in life. There are many community groups and services in Perth which aim to support children and families. Most can be found in the Crieff and Strathearn Local Family Information Directory.
The area has a growing population with new houses being build which are popular with young families. Services in many localities are adapting to this change.
There are a number of groups aimed at parents and babies/ toddlers. Bookbug runs in Strathearn Community Campus and Auchterarder Library which helps develop baby’s language skills through singing and rhymes.
There is a SPACE Group (Supporting Parents and Children Early) which runs weekly support sessions for parents at the Strathearn Community Campus. The group is accessed through a referral system. The group allows children aged 0-3 to play while parents learn key skills.
Teenage pregnancy is higher than in the other rural localities in Perth and Kinross. 33 females aged between 15-19 per 1,000 are recorded as young mothers, compared to a rate of 35 for Perth and Kinross. Available accommodation impacts where young mothers are located within Perth and Kinross. There are groups aimed at supporting young mothers.
Youth and Young Adults
There are a number of uniformed groups for young people to get involved within many of the larger communities.
Support for young people is available less formally through LOGOS Youth Project. The Project runs a number of informal as well as formal volunteering programme, such as like Duke of Edinburgh and Saltire.