Starcatchers awarded Scot Gov Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Small Grants Fund 

15 October 2021

Starcatchers is delighted to be among an incredible line-up of 18 organisations who have been awarded the Scottish Government’s Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Small Grants Fund.

Having recently celebrated turning 15 years old at the beginning of October, being awarded this grant is a powerful moment for Scotland’s arts and early years organisation.  

“This award is hugely important as it recognises the value of the arts and creative experiences in the lives of babies, toddlers, young children and their families.” Says Chief Executive, Rhona Matheson.  

“The early artistic encounter plays a crucial role in the very early stages of a child’s physical, emotional and cognitive development. Creativity is invaluable for wellbeing and in empowering parents through a shared artistic experience with their babies. We are very thankful to the Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland for this recognition of our work.” 

Starcatchers’ community engagement work champions outdoor play, and every session is centred around the voice of the child, responding to participant needs and interests, all designed and delivered by specialist early years artists.  

Sessions are created with a shared experience at the core. Families are encouraged to play with their children and learn about their interests through their child’s decision-making during their play. This encourages a strong adult-child bond and enhances Starcatchers’ work to amplify the voices of pre- and non-verbal children.