Love Letham

Published on January 18, 2022

Love Letham is bringing people together to develop a plan to make Letham the best place it can be for children to grow up in.

The pioneering project is supporting children, young people, families, the wider community and organisations like Perth and Kinross Council to work together to create a shared local vision of what children and young people need to flourish, as well as a plan to deliver it. 

By bringing children and communities together with decision makers we’ll create a shared roadmap that captures what matters most to people. 

This innovative programme is part of a growing movement of people, organisations and businesses across Scotland who are trying to do things differently. Working together we can think through what we all need to live good lives on a healthy planet and redirect our institutions, policy and practice to work in service of our collective wellbeing.

How we’ll get there

First, we’re working with children, young people and their families to explore what wellbeing means to them and what areas of life are important for current and future wellbeing.

Children and young people’s voices and ideas are central to the Love Letham project so we want to reach as many of them as possible. We are especially keen to reach those whose voices are less often heard in policy conversations and we’ll work with children using a range of creative age appropriate formats.

From January 2022 we’ll recruit people to join the Love Letham Commission – a small working group of residents, children, young people and key professionals from decision making institutions such as the Council. The Commission will analyse the data that’s emerged from the exercises and conversations in the community and discuss recurring themes. They will use this to create a shared local vision for making Letham the best place it can be for children to grow up in, and they’ll develop a plan to make it happen. The Commission will also include a group of younger children who will meet separately so the sessions are appropriate to their age.

The inclusion of key professionals and members from the Council should allow the Commission not only to make recommendations but to take action in the Council to reorient policy and budgets to realise the community’s vision. It is envisaged that the Commission will share their plan in July 2022.

How you can get involved

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Who set up the project?

Love Letham is a collaboration between the Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland and Perth and Kinross Council. It is part of the Perth and Kinross Offer – the Council’s commitment to draw on the strengths and assets of individuals and communities and work together so everyone in Perth and Kinross can live life well.

The project is supported by Northern Star and is funded by the Cattanach Trust. For further reading on the ideas that inform this approach see WEAll’s Policy Design Guide and WEAll report Being Bold: Building Budgets for Children’s Wellbeing.

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