Children and Young People

We're helping customers provide their children with engaging learning opportunities right from the very start.

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We're helping customers provide their children with engaging learning opportunities right from the very start.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) gifts a book to young children aged 0-5 in Wheatley homes.

The Wheatley Foundation partners with the Imagination Library to provide hundreds of free monthly books to children living in our socially rented homes.  Over 2020-2021, 619 children in Wheatley communities registered with 5,798 books delivered.

Once your child is registered, they will receive a free book each month that is personally addressed to them and suited to their age.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People assists in the conversion of select titles to braille and audio books for children in the UK who are blind or partially sighted.

To register your child/children, please speak to your housing officer.

Click to read the DPIL privacy notice.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library - In Their Own Words

Hazel, from Scotstoun in Glasgow, signed up her two-year-old daughter Rachael to the scheme.

Hazel said: “Rachael loves the idea of sitting on my knee and reading and looking at pictures. It’s real quality time without modern technology getting in the way. She’s learning new words and learning to concentrate. Reading is so important. It’s giving her a head start for when she starts school later.”

Children’s University Scotland

The Foundation also supports the Children’s University Scotland, which has helped over 5000 children across the country access wider learning activities, adapted this year to include home learning resources and play packs.

The Children’s University developed a new Wonderbox, focused on supporting outdoor learning and fun ideas during the summer break.

Find out more about the Children’s University Scotland here:

Youth Arts

In 2021, with the support of Creative Scotland grant funding, the Foundation is supporting a Youth Arts programme engaging young people across 10 Wheatley communities.

The Foundation distributed small grants to independent artists, providing new activity, securing employment for artists, and supporting local community partnerships.

10 projects have now begun, including:

  • DGHP - reconnecting outdoor spaces, photography, illustration, creative writing; African dance and drums
  • GHA - arts and crafts; drama and dance, creative writing; outdoor arts
  • Dunedin Canmore – craftivism, where crafts meet activism
  • West Lothian- LGBT skin art depicting journeys and supporting emotions
  • Loretto Housing - drama based workshops
  • Wheatley Care- Creative writing, local area history and stories