Melodie has over 20 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector and has long been a passionate advocate for children’s play, community arts and youth work.
In 2000, Melodie began working as a Children’s Play and Community Arts Worker in Glasgow’s East End alongside local community members to establish programmes of activities around their needs and wants. 21 years on, PEEK – Possibilities for Each and Every Kid is an award-winning charity working with thousands of youngsters across Glasgow. Melodie, in her position as CEO until 2019 was key to the development and growth of the organisation. More recently Melodie has supported the set-up, development and leading of The Judy Murray Foundation which has opened up tennis to thousands of less advantaged families by investing in people who can now deliver fun activity in their communities.
Melodie has contributed to the development of local and national play and youth work strategies, frameworks and resources sharing her experience on policy and best practice. Her educational background is in Community Arts, Play Work and Business Management.
The Thrive Outdoors team has today (Monday 12 February 2024) launched a new website to showcase the work of the fund and share resources with the play and outdoor sector. The new site will be a hub for outdoor play champions, offering support, guidance and resources – a one-stop-shop for practitioners, education professionals and childmindersRead More
We kicked off the new year by hosting the first online conference of its kind in Scotland – Infant Mental Health: Babies in Scotland 2024. This event was in partnership with the Scottish Government and was our biggest event yet with 588 people attending on the day. It was incredible to get that manyRead More
The Scottish Government has recently asked for views on their proposed Care Leavers Payment. As Scotland’s national mentoring programme for children and young people with care experience, our Fund Manager Christine was in a unique position to gather valuable insights from the young people this will affect. Here’s what she found out… In myRead More