RUTHERGLEN MSP ENCOURAGES CONSTITUENTS TO SUBMIT DESIGNS FOR NEW BABY BOX

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RUTHERGLEN MSP ENCOURAGES CONSTITUENTS TO SUBMIT DESIGNS FOR NEW BABY BOX

Young people in Rutherglen and Cambuslang are being called upon to submit their fun and vibrant designs and concepts to help design the new generation of Baby Boxes.

Baby Boxes were introduced by the Scottish Government in 2017 to help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents. The box itself is said to provide a safe space for babies to sleep near their parents, to promote bonding and early attachment, and also contains a number of accessories new babies require, like clothes, blankets, and medical equipment.

The current illustration on Scotland’s first Baby Box was chosen through a winning entry in a design competition. Its current imagery includes a forest fairy tale scene complete with Highland cows, squirrels and the Loch Ness Monster.

Clare Haughey MSP is backing the Scottish Government, Children in Scotland, and Young Scot, who are all calling for young people with a passion for art and design to submit their own concepts for the next iteration of Baby Boxes.

The requirements of the new designs are that they should reflect the principles of Year of Young People 2018, and all concepts should relate to the theme of Children’s Rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. More information is available on the Young Scot website.

Commenting, Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey (pictured with a current Baby Box) said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for young budding designers across Rutherglen and Cambuslang to showcase their talents Scotland wide.

“Since their introduction in 2017, more than 50,000 Baby Boxes have been distributed across Scotland, with 100% of parents satisfied with its contents, so it is certainly one of the country’s success stories over recent years.

“It would be a tremendous achievement for a local person to be chosen as winner therefore please enter the competition if you are interested.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said:

“The Baby Boxes have provided incredible support to families across Scotland. Every child deserves the best start and this has been highlighted more than ever during Year of Young People 2018.

“We are delighted to support young people to showcase their creativity and vibrancy through designing concepts for these boxes under the theme of Children’s Rights.”

Applications close on Wednesday 8th October at 5pm.

ENDS

Notes:

Below is a picture of Clare Haughey MSP with a current Baby Box.

Clare Haughey MSP - Baby Box

Further information can be found here: https://www.youngscot.net/new-baby-box-design/

 

Date published: 27th September 2018

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