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CHANGE Bulletin 11 June 2020

CHANGE news

Next steps for CHANGE

The CHANGE team is starting to draw its work to a conclusion, as was always the plan for the project. We have been very fortunate to receive some funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to continue for a little longer but will finish at the end of the year. At the moment we are struck by the extensive work in the city to support children and families during this very difficult time. We are aiming to support the services we have been working with to share information and we are continuing to learn from the community what is needed to support the response.

We are able to do some things at the moment and as soon as we are able to get about more too, we will continue to:

  • Support the progression of a new Out of School Care in Parkhead
  • Capture and share all the benefits of the CHANGE Hub and support a basis for it to continue
  • Progress the test of emergency childcare provision
  • Work with the Scottish Childminding Association to make sure the community knows about childminding and new childminders
  • Conclude our part in the tests of change we supported on community growing and information on services.

Keeping in touch locally

Since the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions began the CHANGE team has kept in touch with local partners in a variety of ways. We have had regular telephone conversations with partners who are still delivering adapted services, such as Community Hubs. We have also hosted three CHANGE Hub meetings, which now take place every three weeks. Meetings with our Plot to Plate partners are also taking place on a fortnightly basis. Regular emails sharing relevant information are being shared with CHANGE Hub members and we have continued to engage with local people and partners through social media on our Twitter and Facebook platforms.

If you would like to chat to a member of the CHANGE team please don’t hesitate to contact Alison on 07472 066448 or at ahay@childreninscotland.org.uk or Robert on 07414 610096 or at rdoyle@childreninscotland.org.uk.

Online events attended by CHANGE

The CHANGE team has participated in a number of online meetings and events in recent weeks, sharing our work with local partners as well as some further afield.

On Wednesday 27 May we provided an update for our colleagues at Children in Scotland. Our colleagues were heartened to hear about the impressive local response from partners in the CHANGE area in the wake of Covid-19. This exchange allows colleagues to make sure they are feeding the CHANGE information into national strategic planning groups. Services in our area have responded to emerging need swiftly and flexibly and this has not gone unnoticed.

CHANGE also attended the Glasgow’s Challenge Child Poverty Partnership in May. This is a multi-agency group that is working collaboratively to tackle child poverty in the city by delivering Glasgow’s Child Poverty Action Plan. We provided an update on the CHANGE project and the implications of COVID-19 for local families.

The Children & Young People’s Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC), who have been supporting the CHANGE Hub to set up tests of change and measure progress, facilitated an online space for experienced leaders in Improvement Methodology. This included participants from Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and West and East Dunbartonshire areas. CYPIC is aware that there is a greater need than ever to collaborate and innovate. This session offered the opportunity to share how we are using Quality Improvement during current times and to hear about some of the ways partners have adapted in response to the needs children and young people during these unprecedented times.

CHANGE also attended the first virtual Thriving Places Parkhead, Dalmarnock and Camlachie networking breakfast. This provided a great opportunity to get updates from local partners. Thriving Places staff shared information about their upcoming virtual End of Term Party, which takes place on Facebook and Zoom on Tuesday 23 June. They also updated partners that the Women’s Blether Group is moving it’s meetings onto Facebook using the video call feature. Please visit the link above if you would like to join.  

CHANGE has also attended that last two webinars hosted by Glasgow Council for the Volunteering Sector (GCVS). The first, ‘Poverty and Post Covid-19 Planning’ explored what we know about poverty and the impact of Covid-19 in Glasgow. The second session, ‘Glasgow’s Mental Health & Wellbeing During and Beyond Covid-19’ explored the impact of Covid-19 and lockdown on mental health and wellbeing in Glasgow.

Events

Children in Scotland webinars

Children in Scotland are facilitating a number of online learning events in the coming months. These include a free session which cover how best to support children and young people with additional support needs through Covid-19, health anxieties and transitions such as returning to school.

Please click here for a full list of webinars and to book your place.

The CHANGE team would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who is continuing to do essential work in the local area. We are here for anyone needing support or a chat, whether you are someone who lives locally or are delivering a service in the community.

You can contact Alison on 07472 066448 or at ahay@childreninscotland.org.uk and contact Robert on 07414 610096 or at rdoyle@childreninscotland.org.uk.