Little Company Big Heart
In 2010 Creative STAR became a social enterprise thanks to funding from the UnLtd 4iP innovation fund. In 2016 we changed our company structure, so we are officially no longer a social enterprise. However this will enable us to be more efficient and remain committed to supporting outdoor projects.
We undertake a number of different activities to help promote and support those involved in getting children outside that is at the heart of our organisation. These include:
- Providing small scale funding to specific projects. In 2016 have included supporting Kemnay Academy Science Department to purchase outdoor clothing and Riverside Primary to acquire literacy resources following an outdoor literacy support day.
- All revenue from adverts on this website has gone towards funding the Try Before You Buy outdoor clothing boxes. We now have 4 early years boxes, 1 baby box and a rather large primary kit that can be borrowed for a term or more at a time to schools and early years establishments (including childminders, after school clubs and other children’s organisations). We have specifically supported St. James School in Caerphilly in 2016.
- Providing support, training and advice for free or reduced rates to clubs, charities and community groups. These are usually local and take place during the evening or at weekends.
- Writing the blog, I’m a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here! At the moment it’s the only blog of its kind. Have a look and enjoy browsing the wide range of activities.
- Circulating information and news about outdoor learning and play activities to different networks in Scotland. Please get in touch if you want to be added to this list or if you have information you wish to be shared.
- We sponsor a special award for schools where someone in the senior management team is a member of the AHDS trade union. Please check their newsletters in August of each year for details.
Our approach to developing learning and play outside advocates ongoing improvements to school grounds, the use of the local area, valuing nature and the re-use of unwanted materials. As much as possible we try to be sustainable in our approach.