De­signs on new look for boxes

Call for makeover ideas

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Reader's Pictures - Ian Bunting

Artis­tic Mon­k­lands young­sters are be­ing called upon to sub­mit their fun and vi­brant ideas to help de­sign a new gen­er­a­tion of Baby Boxes.

The boxes were in­tro­duced by the Scot­tish Govern­ment last year to help tackle de­pri­va­tion, im­prove health and sup­port par­ents.

Each box 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, which in­cludes a for­est fairy­tale scene com­plete with High­land cows, squir­rels and the Loch Ness mon­ster, was cho­sen through a win­ning en­try in a de­sign com­pe­ti­tion.

Now, the Scot­tish Govern­ment, Chil­dren in Scot­land, and Young Scot are call­ing for young peo­ple from Air­drie and Coat­bridge with a pas­sion for art and de­sign to sub­mit their own con­cepts for the next it­er­a­tion of Baby Boxes.

The new de­signs 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.

Suc­cess­ful de­sign­ers will be in­vited to a Jam Event later this month where they will work in teams with pro­fes­sional de­sign agen­cies to bring their ideas to­gether into a fi­nal de­sign con­cept.

The win­ning de­sign will be se­lected by an ex­pert judg­ing panel later in the year be­fore launch­ing next year.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can be sub­mit­ted at www. young.scot/baby­box

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