CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 1 November 2019
This week in CHANGE
Tollcross and Shettleston Community Banquet
The CHANGE team had the privilege of supporting the Tollcross and Shettleston Community Banquet at St. Paul’s Primary School this past weekend. The event saw more than 80 families come together to enjoy an excellent lunch provided by two social enterprises, Soul Food Sisters and Spoon Café. Entertainment was provided by the school choir and community music group, Soundsational, who showcased some of the songs they have been working on as part of a wider wellbeing programme within the school.
This event also provided an opportunity to celebrate the work that has been carried out by CHANGE, St. Paul’s and some of our key partners around supporting the access that families’ and childcare services have to low-cost, high-quality food. Much of this work has involved TICTACS out of school care, Green Heart Growers and Nutritionist, Nigel Denby. All of our partners were on hand to support the banquet and families were given the opportunity to sign up for upcoming food and community growing workshops.
CHANGE Knowledge Exchange event
The third CHANGE Knowledge Exchange event took place at Parkhead Schoolhouse on Tuesday this week. More than 50 delegates were present to hear a range of presentations about the work carried out by CHANGE and our partners over the past twelve months.
The event was opened with a brief presentation from the CHANGE team where we highlighted some of our findings and impact as well as our plans for the year ahead. This was followed by a presentation on Glasgow City Council’s (GCC) plans for Early Learning and Childcare (ELC), Childminding and out of school care (OSC) from Heather Douglas, Early Years Manager at GCC. An in-depth analysis of the evaluation of the CHANGE project by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health was next on the agenda. Dr. Mairi Young’s presentation explored the data that has been gathered on cost and availability of childcare for children aged 0-12 in the CHANGE area and highlighted some specific issues faced by families via the use of case studies.
After a quick break for some networking and coffee top-ups, the event got back underway with a presentation from Nutritionist, Nigel Denby. This focused on work that has been carried out with families and childcare providers in the CHANGE area to provide guidance on nutrition. Our final presenters before lunch were Cameron, Giullia and Angela from the A Local Information System for Scotland (ALISS) team. The ALISS team has worked closely with CHANGE to increase families access to information on childcare and other family support services. This interactive session allowed delegates to consider how they currently access information that supports their wellbeing.
As always with CHANGE events, we kept everyone moving during the lunch break. This year saw us host demonstrations from Playbusters and Parkhead Youth Project (PYP) and delegates had the opportunity to try out some of the activities that both organisations use with children and young people every week. A personal favourite of the CHANGE team was the ‘beer goggles’ used to demonstrate the effects of alcohol on the brain’s cognitive functions. As the group reconvened for the afternoon session we had a short input from the Christine McCarron, Manager of Playbusters and Liz Mitchell, Manager of PYP. This allowed delegates to hear about the principles and objectives that underpin the brilliant work being carried out by these groups in the CHANGE area.
Our day was rounded off with Improvement Advisor, Lee Urquhart from the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC), taking us through some of the CHANGE Hub’s work. Lee’s engaging session, which used a framework developed around Disney Pixar’s film Finding Nemo, allowed delegates to work in groups most suited to their own professional background. Topics included OSC and Childminding, Food, Information and Family Support. During feedback into the room, it was apparent that the use of the improvement methodology utilised by the CYPIC has allowed CHANGE and CHANGE Hub members to measure impact and plan for the work that needs to be carried forward after the end of the project.
We would like to extend our thanks to all our contributors and delegates who attended the event as well as to the Parkhead Schoolhouse staff. Special thanks also goes to Cat and Shannon from the Children in Scotland Learning and Events team for their expert organisation of the Knowledge Exchange.
Children and families' sector news
Online resources for families
This week, we’d like to highlight some online resources that children and young people and professionals working with them may find useful.
First up, our colleagues at My Rights, My Say (MRMS) have launched a new website. MRMS aims to support young people aged 12-15 with additional support needs to be involved in decisions about the support they receive in school. The website contains a number of resources and links to useful information. You can find it here.
The second resource we’d like to highlight this week is ELC in a nutshell from the National Parent Forum of Scotland. This flyer, which is available here, provides simple information that families might needs to consider when looking to access ELC. This is a free downloadable resource, although you will need to provider some personal details in order to access it.
Contribute to CHANGE
We welcome and encourage input from anyone who has an interest in childcare or community wellbeing in Glasgow East. If you’d like to discuss this with a member of the CHANGE team please contact our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, firstname.lastname@example.org or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, email@example.com. Both Anthony and Alison are based in Glasgow East at least four days per week and are happy to chat to anyone who feels they have something to contribute to the project.