Wild Sparks stars in film

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - CHURCH NEWS - Me­lanie Bonn

Alyth’s out­door child­care provider, Wild Sparks, has a star­ring role in a new film to mark the 10th an­niver­sary of First­port, the agency which helped get the so­cial en­ter­prise started.

First­port made a film show­cas­ing five so­cial en­ter­prises and urged peo­ple to con­sider start­ing a busi­ness that could help their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

The footage of Wild Sparks show kids from the east Perthshire play scheme ex­plor­ing their leafy wood­land base.

Wild Sparks was founded by Alice War­ren, who was aware of a lack of af­ford­able child­care pro­vi­sion in the Alyth area and de­cided to en­cour­age chil­dren to learn through healthy and chal­leng­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in na­ture.

The scheme is so­cially in­clu­sive, with dis­counted fees of­fered for low­in­come fam­i­lies and one-to-one care for chil­dren with ad­di­tional support needs.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude camp­fire build­ing, nat­u­ral arts and crafts and den build­ing.

Fund­ing from First­port’s So­cial En­trepreneurs Fund of £5,000 en­abled Alice to get her idea up and run­ning, and she also re­ceived a fur­ther £20,000 Build It award.

Star­ring role Jo An­drews, man­ager of Alyth-based Wee Wild Sparks out­door nurs­ery

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