Great start for Healthy Glasgow Holiday Club

A core value of Morgan Stanley is giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and the over the years the Glasgow office has developed excellent partnerships with charitable and public organisations.

In line with this, Morgan Stanley's Healthy Cities programme in Glasgow launched late 2017. With a focus on the Sighthill Estate, which is currently undergoing significant regeneration as part of a £250 million Glasgow City Council project to rejuvenate the area, the Healthy Cities programme will seek to help to recreate a thriving community once again, working with local charities and organisations to help deliver a tailored programme for the residents.

Sighthill was chosen as the focus for the programme in Glasgow following research into which areas would most benefit from the programme. With a particular focus on children's health and well-being, Morgan Stanley was drawn to the area because it is one of the most disadvantaged areas in Glasgow with 41% of children living in poverty, experiencing higher levels of being overweight or obese.

Organisations including Magic Breakfast, PEEK (Possibilities for Each and Every Kid), Glasgow City Council and Public Health will come together with the children of St Stephen's Primary School in Sighthill being their focus.  Through an in-school Holiday Club programme that engages the whole family, a range of objectives have been determined including:

  • Serving 9,600 meals to the children at St Stephens
  • Organising and completing 8,800 hours of play
  • Providing 600 hours of play training to parents and volunteers
  • Providing healthy eating and wellbeing advice for families

Morgan Stanley Glasgow employees volunteered to join children, parents/guardians and PEEK Play Rangers at St. Stephens Primary School in Sighthill last week, for the first two days of the Healthy Glasgow Holiday Club during mid-term break. It is fair to say, it got off to a really good start.

After breakfast was served, everyone enjoyed the activities ranging from fun, active and inclusive play - wake & shake, crafts and some outside play - to preparing and cooking lunch for the group, helped by the grown-ups who came along.  Great feedback was shared by all at the end of each day; the photos attached give a flavour of this, and we look forward to more volunteering opportunities during the Easter break.